The garden right now

On this dreary, cloudy day, let’s look at some bright and cheerful flowers. Here are some pictures of the garden taken yesterday.

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Wild petunia (Ruellia humilis) grows about 12-18 inches tall and likes full sun and dry soil. I love it, but so do the rabbits, so I hide it among the sundrops, which are about the same height but bloom earlier in the season.

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Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) has been in bloom since late May, and most plants are almost finished, but . . .

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. . . some individual plants are still in full bloom. This plant both self-seeds freely and spreads by rhizomes, and it appears in a natural range of shades from pale lavender to bright pink.

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Rudbeckia (this one is R. subtomentosa) started blooming a bit late this year, but it will be in bloom through September. The purple is a cultivar of Phlox paniculata.

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Hoary vervain (Verbena stricta) is relatively new to my garden, but it will probably be promoted to “Indomitable” status.

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Ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata) has gorgeous rosy-purple flowers that butterflies adore, but the bloom is relatively short-lived (and the plants are 8 feet tall).

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