New here this year, complements of Walters Gardens, this is 'Midnight Raider', a semi-evergreen tetraploid daylily. They have made a beautiful addition to an area where there's lots of morning sun. 'Midnight Raider' is a reblooming daylily. It may not rebloom its first year, but I'll be hoping, and watching for more of these beauties later this summer or in early fall.
Another trial plant sent to us by Walters Gardens this spring is this beautiful hardy hibiscus, 'Heartthrob'. And yes, mine does (throb) when these gorgeous , dramatic 8" blooms open.
One of a bunch of hanging baskets here. This one is New Guinea impatiens and scaveola (fan flower). I haven't tried scaveolas here before - didn't think we'd have enough sun for them to bloom well. Apparently I was mistaken - so glad I tried them, and will definitely grow these again here.
The foliage is nothing fancy on this hosta, but the 4 foot scapes loaded with double blooms in light pinky-lavender are pretty awesome. I look forward to the blooms of Hosta rectifolia 'Fujibotan.' all summer, and so do the hummingbirds.
Surprise lilies were divided and spread around last year. Some are sulking (as they often will after moving or dividing) and didn't bloom this year, but we do have a few small clumps like this. Phlox, bellflowers, and coneflowers are blooming in the background.
Wax begonias are substituting for impatiens this year - maybe every year going forward. They are so much less thirsty than impatiens, and are great in part sun.
Phlox paniculata 'David', with Diamond Frost euphorbia.
After last year's drought, agastaches are a shadow of their previous selves this season, and one didn't return this year. It was a surprise, as they've always seemed so drought tolerant. Hopefully the remaining ones are gaining strength with our cooler, wetter summer, and will return big and strong next year.
Phlox, black-eyed susans, and coneflowers
This is 'Crystal Palace Gem' pelargonium. I love the chartreuse foliage so much, I'd grow this geranium even if it never bloomed. I took cuttings from last year's plants, rooted and overwintered them in our basement greenhouse.
Echinacea purpurea 'Butterfly Kisses' is another trial plant from Walters Gardens. At maturity it will be a diminutive 18 inches tall. In its first season, it's under a foot tall - perfect for this border of small and miniature plants, and oh, so cute. That's dragon wing begonias in the hanging basket, and more Diamond Frost euphorbia in the basket and in the background. I overwinter Diamond Frost, and they get bigger and better every year.
Another surprise lily, with calamint, black-eyed Susans, coneflowers, and agastache. About to bloom is a pink Japanese anemone. The tall yellow coneflowers in the background are 'Herbstonne', also known as 'Autumn Sun'. They languished in last year's drought, stunted, mildewed, and hardly bloomed. They're in their glory this year, like nothing ever happened. None were lost. 'Herbstonne' may do best in full sun with moist soil, but they do extraordinarily well in our dry, part sun garden.
'Blue Paradise' phlox is blooming again, here with a pelargonium I've overwintered for years, more coneflowers, catmint, calamint, surprise lilies, and 'Mocha' heuchera villosa. 'Mocha' blooms all season, from late spring through frost - the longest-blooming heuchera I've ever seen. Hummingbirds love 'Mocha' blooms in our garden, along with many other heuchera flowers. The cooler weather seems to be keeping 'Mocha's foliage more greenish purple this year. Most summers the foliage is a beautiful mocha-brown color.
Phlox was one of the first perennials I ever grew, and they remain long-blooming favorites in our summer garden. This one is 'Laura.'
Happy Bloom Day everyone. To see more August blooms, please visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens.