This is Garden Bloggers Bloom day for July where we take time to pause and note the outstanding flowers that are especially nice in bloom at this time . The lillies continue to take first rank around the yard. While ‘Time Out’ is a particular favorite, there are numerous other Orientals in bloom.
Most of the Orientals stand four to six feet tall and have a knockout fragrance that is a powerful ingredient to the cutflower mixes.
A distant relative of the lilies is the Agapanthus or Lily of the Nile. Although often treated as a potted plant or relegated to California and Florida gardens, it is marginally hardy in zone 7. I tried putting it in the garden several years ago and it seems to be doing just fine.
Along the same lines, another African plant is the Crocosmia. It’s not in flower yet, but even in bud it is more interesting than the flowers on many plants. Our little patch of ‘Lucifer’ in the rose garden is about 4 ft tall this year and creating a little tropical element next to the back fence.
For pure quantity of flowers in the summertime it hard to beat the Perennial Sweet Pea. They cover the bank next to the driveway in a shared domination along with Pennsylvania Crownvetch. This is a hardy plant that competes well in difficult conditions but I have never seen it outside of the area where I planted the single plant.
The flowers are quite variable by color and generally quite beautiful.
There are a good many plants in flower right now, such as the sundrops, the Echinacea, the poppies, zinnias, cosmos, Black-eyed Susans, and so on. But the real attention grabber in the front yard is the stand of Shasta Daisies.
It would also not be a fair summary if I didn’t point out that the first of the sunflowers is in bloom, one of several volunteers in the garden, as seeds from previous plantings.