June is such a beautiful time of year in our flower beds. From the orange day lilies arcing over the smaller perennials to the many roses to the promise of fruit later in the season.
I planted this butterfly weed from seed a few years ago; it reseeds itself a little every year. It’s in a slightly shady part of the yard since it’s under our apple trees. I think it might spread more if I moved it to a sunnier spot.
I love the salvia for the height it adds to my inside flower arrangements. After the first blooming, I cut the salvia stalks back to the ground to encourage a second blooming. The cutting also keeps the plant from flopping on the plants around it.
A few years ago, I started planting giant sunflowers in bare spots around the yard. They truly are giant, often reaching 8 to 9 feet in height. If there’s a heavy rainstorm, we need to prop the plants up. Generally, they do well, and the birds love the seeds.
In addition to the overwhelming number of orange daylilies in my flower beds, I also have this creamy yellow one, a smaller red one, and the golden Stella d’Oro. My Stella d’Oro blooms later than others in our neighborhood, probably because it’s in a shady spot near one of the lilac bushes.
Once I’m finished getting rid of 75% of the orange daylilies, I’d like to divide this creamy yellow one and spread it around a little. It has not been invasive in my perennial beds so far.
In early spring, we heavily pruned this climbing rose next to our back porch. It was the first serious pruning since we planted the rose about 5 or 6 years ago. The peach flowers on this rose have such a wonderful smell, and the rose itself creates a privacy barrier from the street. Intertwined in the rose is a purple clematis, one of my favorite color combinations.
What’s your favorite color combination in your garden?