This spring I wrote a couple of posts about removing my lawn and replacing it with water-wise plants. We saw the early spring garden, now it is time to show the same area in the heat of July. I read somewhere that most anyone can have a spring garden but it takes planning and a bit more work to make a summer garden.
Echinaceas have been self-sowing in the front garden for years. I love the white ones. Take a careful look and you can see a way to identify the color of the flower even before it blooms. Notice the purple echinacea has more purple in it’s stems. The white echinacea is more green. Polychoma euphorbia blooms yellow with succulent leaves. Also in the picture is Nodding Pink Onion, allium cernuum.
From left to right: tanecetum densum ssp. amani Partridge Feather, white yarrow, and dragon blood sedum
Lavender, more nodding onions. I love the lavender. It does not like to be crowded with organic mulches. I use pea gravel and make sure that it has room to stay dry during the winter. It self-sows. I am starting a row of lavender in the front garden.
Evening Primrose,(oenother biennis) white yarrow, dragon blood sedum with another similiar sedum that blooms pink.
This hot loving little gem is Dakota Vervain, verbena bipinnatfida. Years ago the birds seeded it and I cultivated it. It flowers early and blooms all summer.
Here I stepped out onto the street to give you a better view of the boulevard garden. Notice the little bit of lawn. It takes more watering than any of the front garden. Oh, except in the left hand corner I made a vegetable bed. It holds peppers and eggplants. I am running out of room!
This pretty moth was resting in full sunlight. I showed the picture to Ted and he said: “what will that turn out to be”. I said: “a blog post” – He made a little grrr sound. Does anyone know what this is?