Sunday, September 25, 2011

Pale Pastels

'Isle of Wight'

There are daylilies that need to be enjoyed up close.

'Northern Dawn'

They don't shout at you from across the garden,

'Coming to America'

but if you take the time to stroll,

'Pink Praise'

you will be amazed at their delicate colors

'God Alone'

and their ruffled edges.

'Winter Treasure'

They will make you  smile and be glad you decided there was time to slow down and stroll through the garden to discover its quieter side.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Some New Plants for the Garden

Salvia 'Black and Blue' is new  to the garden this year. I was surprised to see this much bloom since it was planted only last month. I know that I am pushing the hardiness limits a little with this plant but after seeing it in bloom in a garden almost 90 miles to the north of me I had to give it try.

Another new plant to the garden is a white coneflower Echinacea 'Fragrant Angel'. I have several of the pink coneflowers some of which I don't know the variety. They are usually carefree plants here except that I am always torn whether to leave the seedpods for the birds or cut them back to make the garden look better. If I see the goldfinches feeding they usually stay.

This black eyed susan caught my eye at the garden center and I decided to give it a try. This one is 'Cherry Brandy'. It is supposed to be both drought tolant and deer resistant. If this one overwinters well I may want to add some of the other Rubeckia's