I love great foliage, it's what carries plants through most of the year . . . contrasting textures and colors are often more interesting than flowers. I am also, to use the words of Annie Hayes, a flower floozie but don't tell anyone. June is peak flower floozie month, so let's have a look at a sampling of what's going on at Chickadee Gardens right now in the realm of flowers, outdoor living and maybe a critter or two.
Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet' (Virginia sweetspire) is one of my new favorite shrubs. Flowers this time of year and reddish orange foliage in the fall. In mild winters, it's evergreen for us.
here. As it was planted in the hell strip along the street, it was kept in check. I planted two of these here last year in the labyrinth garden which was a blank slate in full sun. Now I have two giant clumps of it and I am told it will take over the world someday. Well, if that really happens, it's okay with me. It looks great, feeds monarch caterpillars and is a wonderfully popular plant with many other pollinators. We think we saw eggs on the leaves recently, so let's cross our fingers for some monarchs.
Allium sphaerocephalon or drumstick allium begins its show. Soon the rich magenta blooms will open from the top down, making a striking egg-shaped spectacle.
Xera Plants a year or so ago took a hit this winter. It lived, all-right but it flattened out like a pancake. No more sweet little rounded rockrose form, rather it looks more like a ground cover. It started putting on new growth as seen by the green stems in this photo, a nice contrast with the fuzzy gray of the older leaves. It's blooming and happy, so here it stays, flat or upright, which ever it prefers.
Monarda austroappalachiana, a new to me monarda that I really like. White with pink flowers, unusual for a monarda or bee balm.
Flutter and Hum. Thank you, Anna! I love them!
Dorycnium hirsutum or hairy canary clover. This is the first time it's bloomed for me, it's a soft gray foliage that I was really attracted to. It's in about the hottest spot in the garden with very lean gravelly soil and it's quite happy.
Stipa barbata or silver feather grass. This beauty was also a gift from a garden blogger's swap last year. This elegant plume is stunning, also it's drought tolerant once established. Unfortunately, it apparently does not seed around. Too bad, it would be an elegant addition en masse.
Ceanothus x pallidus 'Marie Simon', a deciduous ceanothus with pink flowers. As it can take more water than most California lilacs it is at home in a variety of garden settings.
As June wraps up, I'm glad I had a few moments to stop and enjoy the garden and take a few photos. Enjoying the garden is part of the goal, after all. As projects get scratched off of the to-do list, I find myself with more and more moments to take it all in and enjoy. I hope you are doing the same - that is to say taking the time to enjoy nature.
That's a wrap for this week at Chickadee Gardens. Until next time, thank you so much for reading and your comments. Happy gardening!