Crazy weather seems to be the norm in the Chicago area this spring, and now summer. A derecho blew through our area suddenly last night, but didn't seem to cause much damage in our garden. The minor hail damage on the foliage in this post is from another recent storm. In spite of our crazy weather so far this season though, wildflowers are thriving in our garden.
I may have made peace with Ruellia humilis, a native petunia who likes to sprawl and seed herself all over the place. I pinched them back hard in early May, and even with our record rains, they are standing upright. As for the rampant self-seeding, last year after they bloomed I cut them way back again, and this spring we've had only a few seedlings. So as long as I can keep them in check, they'll be sticking around.
Tradescantia Ohiensis - Ohio spiderwort is another purple-flowering native blooming in our garden this month. The spiderworts bloom well in a pretty shady area, while the ruellias weren't happy there at all and are now situated in full sun in our front foundation landscape.
Asclepias purpurascens - purple milkweed, has been here a few years, and has never set set seeds yet. I've seen hummingbirds nectaring on these blooms for the first time this year, and hope they're doing some pollinating in the process. I'd love to be able to collect seeds from this gorgeous plant. It's the only asclepias that has thrived and bloomed in our part-sun garden.
I think this is Oenethera fruticosa - narrow-leaf evening primrose. I had these many years ago in a previous garden. They were passalong plants back then, and the gardening neighbor who shared them with me called them sundrops.
It's hard to pick a favorite June-blooming native in our garden. If I had to, Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica) might be the one. Their red and yellow blooms are unique and so interesting. Although hummingbirds are said to love these, I've yet to see them visit ours. I'd hoped to see some seedlings here. Since none have appeared after four years, last fall I divided our single plant and now there are two.
Each month, on the fourth Wednesday, Gail at Clay and Limestone hosts Wildflower Wednesday, a bloggers' celebration of native plants and wildflowers growing in gardens around the country and around the world. This month Gail is featuring Bottlebrush grass. Be inspired to add some/more native bloomers in your garden - check out Gail's post this month, and please visit the other bloggers showing off natives and other wildflowers blooming in their gardens this month.