The garden in June

So many plants come into bloom in early June that it’s hard to keep track; here are a few of my favorites, all shot in the past couple of days.

First, a closeup of grey dogwood (Cornus racemosa) in bloom. The flower clusters look to me like tiny bridal bouquets, and I think this is the loveliest dogwood of them all. It’s also one of those plants that’s ridiculously easy to grow, as long as you have half a day of sun:

Flower cluster of grey dogwood (Cornus racemosa), the loveliest dogwood of all.

Next, elderberry (Sambucus canadensis). These large shrubs used to be everywhere in northern New Jersey, especially in wet places (although they do fine in my dry soil). They are happiest in full sun. Now the only nearby place I know of where they grow wild is the Thielke Arboretum here in Glen Rock. I took this picture in my backyard today:

Elderberry (Sambusus canadensis) coming into bloom.

The fluffy white flower heads of junegrass (Koeleria macrantha) are also just opening. I planted this grass for the first time last season, and it is blooming abundantly this year, along with the penstemon:

Flower heads of junegrass (Koeleria macrantha) just opening.

Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) finished blooming last week, and now the seed capsules have turned lovely shades of beige, pink, and russet. The best part is that the color will remain through the entire season:

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And finally, a bit of serendipity–a colorful grouping of bright-red firepink (Silene virginica), harebell (Campanula rotundifolia), and penstemon blooming in a sunny border in my front yard:

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