Thursday, July 14, 2011

East Side of the House for Bloom Day

I have been posting lots of blooms from different areas of the yard, so I decided to show the east side of the house for July's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, hosted by Carol, of May Dreams Gardens.

This area started around the egress window well, and year by year, was made larger, until it reached the driveway.  It started out with a blue/purple and yellow theme, but after a few years, I started adding other plants that I like that are not necessarily those colors.

Salvia, 'Purple Rain':

Alliums of some kind:

Short-toothed Mountain Mint:

I wish I knew the names of my daylilies.  I enjoy the quality time I get to spend with them each day when I deadhead them. 

Ratibida Pinnata:

The tall plant in back is Rudbeckia 'Herbstonne'.

I used to have a blue blooming hyssop plant here, and when it died, I replaced it with one with a tag that said it was blue, but the tag was wrong. 

I'm not sure what kind of echinacea this is.  It could be 'Ruby Star'.

I'm finally seeing some butterflies around.  I'm pretty sure this is a female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail enjoying the liatris.  It flew off before I could get a focussed photo of it from the back.

This is a south and west view.

Turning to the north, we see the area to the east of the back yard. The coreopsis may be 'Moonbeam'.  It gets about 18 to 24 inches tall.  I also have a kind that only gets about 10 inches high.  I've had it there over 10 years, and need to take some from the edges each year to give away so that it won't spread too far.  It pouts at first when moved, but ends up growing well.

The daylily on the left is 'Little Grapette'.  I got it a few years ago, thinking the plant would be smaller, but it's the flowers that are, not the plant.

This is the bloom that is to the right of the ones above.

This double one is named after a woman, but I can't remember who.


Heliopsis Helianthoides, False Sunflower:

I've been trimming back the baptisias and amsonias so the plants around them, such as globe thistle will have room to grow.

I enjoy the blooms so much on the plants that I sometimes forget to harvest some for drying.

This is the goldenrod I planted on the other side of the shed for my father-in-law when he lived here, over 13 years ago.  The phlox are a passalong I got around 13 years ago.  After it kept getting diseased, I pulled it out, but it didn't stay pulled, so I have decided to let it bloom, then if the foliage doesn't look good after the blooms fade, I will cut it back to the ground.  The butterfly bush in the background is supposed to be a miniature one, and not get taller than 4 feet.

I have to pull hollyhock seedlings out of the bed so they don't crowd out the plants that are already there.  I like having these here to somewhat hide the garbage cans.

I look forward to seeing what's blooming your way.


  1. I like the Ruby Stars and the Pinnata's. They look really good. I can only imagine how fragrant your garden is. Too bad there's no such thing as smellivision.

  2. Your garden is beautiful! This is the first year for my mountain mint, and I really like how it looks and how it spreads. Happy GBBD!

  3. I love the Heliopsis and the Echinops. I tried growing both from seed-not much luck with the Heliopsis but the other looks healthy.
    Love the colors. Your yard is so beautiful.

  4. Great plants! I hope you get more photos of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail soon.

  5. What a beautiful house and garden! You have superb gardening skills. Happy Blogger Bloom Day. All the best, Kelli

  6. You really have some lovely colours of daylilies in your garden, Sue. What a great tour today.

  7. What a beautiful garden!
    So colourful!

  8. I love this side of you garden, Sue. The purples and yellows look great. I can't wait till my garden fills out like yours.

  9. Your collection of plants still amazes me. I love your window box on your house and those Hollyhocks are gorgeous!

  10. Thank you for sharing your gardens. Your combinations of blooms is beautiful and what a wonderful garden for the butterflies! Love the photos of the Swallowtail. Happy GBBD!

  11. Wow! This is a post that needs several viewings!
    Great Hollyhocks, love the color. Really like the Globe Thistle structure- is it the dark blue one - forget the name something like Taplow?

    I'll be back for more viewing!

  12. Your garden looks beautiful, Sue! I like all the variety in colors, height, and textures. I should take your tip on cutting back the amsonia--mine is crowding out several other plants. The hollyhocks are the perfect screen!

  13. What a wonderful profusion of colour. Your Daylilies are really gorgeous.
    Happy GBBD :)

  14. This might be the best part of your garden, Sue. The Daylilies are stunning. Little Grapette is only little when it doesn't get ample water.

  15. I never get tired of visiting your garden. No matter how many times I've seen it, I always see something different.

  16. You have such a lovely cottage garden. Everything looks so healthy and well tended. I especially like that last photo with the holleyhocks. I don't see any sign of rust. I only wish mine would be so healthy! Happy Bloom Day!

  17. Wow! You have been so focused on the front since your tree came out, I don't think I realized that you had so much planted in other beds. This side area is so full and lush and colorful. I love Hollyhocks, but they get rust something awful here. Mine are pitiful things. And your Baptisia is huge! It must be awesome when it flowers. I can only hope mine get that big some day. Those pesky critters, they never cooperate when we want to take their picture.

  18. Sue, this may be my favorite bed!

    That first daylily looks exactly like my Prairie Blue Eyes.

    Great cottage garden.

  19. Sue,
    Love your mix of natives and traditional perennials. Such a colorful display. Can't wait for what's blooming in August.

  20. You certainly have some excellent hemerocallis cultivars... I am particularly attracted to the caramel colored ones with thick petal texture. I have Virginia B. Henson in my garden that fits that description and I'm always excited by it's large blooms that seem so substantial... unfortunately they only last a day like all the others! Larry

  21. Oh Sue, if that was my garden I'd have the biggest smile on my face every time I went outside. I love the butterfly photo.

  22. Do you get hummingbirds??More yellow than I remember ed last year,maybe the time of the year. Daylillies are superb especially that peachy one.

  23. Hi There, WOW---what beauty you have. I enjoy seeing all of your summer flowers... You have such a nice variety...

    Have a great weekend.

  24. As always, Sue, your garden is so charming and beautiful...and full of so many plants I just love! Aren't the Globe Thistles amazing...I am so captivated by their blooms!

  25. That's just a beautiful garden and big variety of beautiful flowers you have, Sue. It's always a joy to visit your blog and to see the progress of your garden.
    Like always, you again have posted really awesome pictures but the one with the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail enjoying the Liatris, is my favorite image.
    Happy Gardening
    Paula Jo

  26. So many pretty things coming up in your garden this summer! I especially like the thistles. Your rudbeckia looks similiar to mine, I'll have to compare notes with you when mine bloom because I'm puzzled by what kind they are. The tag simply said black eyed susan, and it's vastly different than my others.

  27. What a beautiful July garden you have!


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