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.


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.


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


. . . 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.


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.


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


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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