Here's a look at what is blooming in my northern Virginia garden in the middle of July....
|Eryngium yuccifolium, Rattlesnake Master|
The remains of Veronicastrum virginicum 'Lavendar Towers' bloom, Cluver's Root, with Echinacea purpurea 'Rubinstern', Ruby Star Purple Coneflower, behind in my mini-meadow.
I can remember when I first saw Purple Coneflower in my mother's Connecticut garden probably thirty years ago. I was so impressed by the spiky orange cone paired with bright pink petals. Some people wouldn't be caught dead wearing those colors together; how cool that nature produced a flower with this combination. So, needless to say, I had to include some Purple Conflower in the mini-meadow I planted two years ago behind our house after construction was complete on our addition.
|Going strong in its second summer|
I don't have a lot of mid-summer flowers in my front garden, aside from container plantings, but these Athyrium 'Ghost' are looking pretty good. They are growing with Pachysandra procumbens, Allegheny Spurge, Carex pensylvanica, Oak Sedge, and Bergenia ciliata, Hairy Bergenia.
|Aesculus parviflora, Bottlebrush Buckeye|
Deschamsia cespitosa 'Goldtau', is a wonderful dwarf form of Tufted Hair Grass, and one of the few good grasses for part shade. It takes a few years for it to bloom reliably, but when it does it is a lovely, gold, airy inflorescence that stands out against the dark green foliage.
|Cissus discolor, Begonia Vine|
|Origanum 'Kent Beauty' with a Sempervivum|
|Ratibida 'Red Midget'|
|Silphium perfoliatum, Cup Plant|
|Liatris spicata 'Floristan Alba', Blazing Star, Yucca recurvifolia, seed heads of|
Allium 'Purple Sensation and cristophii, and Sporobulus heterolepsis, Prairie Dropseed
|Pycnanthemum muticum, Short-toothed Mountain Mint|
|Agave ovatifolium (maybe?) , Whale tongue Agave|
|Thympophylla tenuiloba, Dahlberg Daisy|
Labled as Dianthus deltoides, but seems to be some variety not the straight species. Anyone know which one?
|Hydrangea quercifolia, Oak Leaf Hydrangea, given to me by a neighbor. If it's a cultivar, I don't know which one.|
|Ligularia dentata 'Othello' , Leopard Plant|
|Lobelia cardinalis, Cardinal Flower, in bud|
|Cuphea ignea, Cigar plant, growing in a container with Heuchera 'Caramel' blooming in the background|
As always, check out what's blooming in other blogger's gardens here at May Dreams. Cheers!