Written by Ruth Rogers Clausen
Photographs by Irene Jeruss
Three months of nonstop blooms make this garden the envy of the neighborhood
June in Bloom
In early summer, this charming garden in Bristol, Connecticut, is filled with flowers and birds attracted to the birdbath. "The west-facing porch, with a full 180° sweep of garden, is my favorite place for morning coffee," says homeowner/ gardener, Irene Jeruss. Her color palette includes red, pink, white, blue and pale yellow. Roses dominate the garden now, with pink 'Sarah Bernhardt' peonies blooming a few weeks later. Two varieties of Shasta daisies produce staggered bloom times during the month. Variegated lavender iris and deep-purple sage provide contrast to the frothy lady's mantle and yellow foxglove, "it's a challenge to keep the garden full of flowers," says Irene. With help from her son Andrew, she spreads a mulch of finely shredded hemlock bark and uses a soaker-hose Irrigation system to keep the beds neat and moist.
July in Bloom
By midsummer, the roses are almost done, says Irene. "I deadhead them religiously to encourage a second flush." However, 'Le Reve' Oriental lilies and summer phlox fill the air with perfume during July. Foraging butterflies seek nectar from the phlox, and birds (finches, tufted titmice and more) flock to the bird feeders. The vines on the porch pillars have budded and some of the clematis buds are open. By mid-month the lemon-colored daylilies shine, each lasting only a day, hence their name, irene says she "grooms them daily to be sure that everything in the garden looks tidy." 'Moonbeam' coreopsis echoes the color of the yellow daylilies but has a contrasting growth habit, shape and flower size. Across the path, geraniums punctuate a garden bed filled with daylilies and Russian sage. Annual petunias along the edges and in porch containers tie the garden together.
On porch pillars:
• Duchess of Albany'clematis (Clematis texensis 'Duchess of Albany")
August in Bloom
In August the tall white sweet-smelling 'Casa Blanca' lilies dominate the garden. Lavender Russian sage acts as a "see-through" plant in front. "I enjoy sitting out in the evening by the end of the month, when it's cooler," Irene says. "There is more privacy [from the street] now as the plants have grown up, especially those on the pillars." The vining pink clematis and a tropical mandevilla repeat the colors in the door wreath. Some summer phlox have been cut back while others still look fresh. Another flush of roses blooms but needs frequent deadheading to keep them looking good and flowering. Petunias in containers on the porch and in beds still bloom profusely and will until the cool weather of fall arrives in Connecticut next month
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colorful Written by P. Allen Smith
Gardening expert P. Allen Smith picks his 12 favorite new plants of the year
I'm one of those gardeners who likes to choose plants that I know are sure things and then mix them with some fresh faces. That's why I combine proven performers with varieties that arc just being introduced. It allows me to experiment with new combinations knowing that if all the plants don't live up to their billing, I still have my reliable standbys to put on a show. My plant selections for 2010 reflect this thinking. The list includes annuals, perennials, shrubs and summer bulbs that have recently had their "coming-out party" along with some improved veterans. I put them to the test in my own garden; here are the ones that passed with flying colors.
'Snow Princess' Sweet Alyssum
CLobularia 'Snow Princess0 ABOVE: This new sweet alyssum is extra vigorous and very heat tolerant so it won't wilt in summer. It doesn't produce seeds, so the plant's energy goes into growing flowers from spring to first frost. The frothy white blossoms have a sweet, honey scent and a cascading form just 4 to 6 inches tall, perfect for containers. I like to plant them as a single plant in pots, then cluster them with other container-grown plants such as petunias to make a display with more impact. Tip; Planted in sun to partial shade, it attracts butterflies and has fragrant flowers.
Vanilla African Marigold (Tagetes erecta)
LEFT: A breakthrough in breeding has produced this 16-inch-tall vanilla marigold with large, creamy white flowerheads. It has the same qualities that made gold and yellow marigolds garden favorites: low maintenance and heat tolerance, attractiveness to bees and butterflies, and scented flowers and foliage. The African marigold also makes a great chrysanthemum substitute in the fall garden. Removing spent flowers keeps the blooms coming all season. Tip: Best in full sun, it Is drought tolerant, has scented flowers and foliage, and is deer resistant.
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'Angelina' Sedum (Sedum rupestre 'Angelina') BELOW I discovered the value of golden foliage plants when I studied garden history in England. Overcast skies and rainy weather often muted the colors of the landscape, but by adding plants with splashes of chartreuse leaves, the border would light up. Although my mid-South garden has more sunny than cloudy days,! stil! like to accent it with golden-hued plants, such as 'Angelina1 sedum, to help spark up plant combinations. This sedum is a terrific low evergreen groundcover with striking needle-shaped foliage in a brilliant golden yellow that thrives in sunny areas with poor, dry soil. As it grows, the plant forms a trailing mat (up to 6 inches tall) of succulent golden-yellow leaves that blooms with clusters of yellow starry flowers in the summer. Tip: This plant thrives in full sun and is heat tolerant. Zones 3-9
Flame Phlox (Phlox paniculata 'Flame') RIGHT: Garden phlox are a valued perennial, known for their long-lasting display of fragrant blooms that add a crowning glory to the midsummer garden. Improved cultivars are bringing renewed attention to this old-fashioned favorite. One of the recent introductions that caught my eye Is the Flame series, which comes in light pink, lilac, pink and purple. At 15 to 18 inches high, it offers a compact alternative to the traditionally taller 3- to 4-foot garden phlox cultivars. It grows well in full sun, although in hot, humid climates it does better with some afternoon shade. I like how the vivid hues of 'Purple Flame' enlivened my perennial border. The shorter stature of this cultivar makes it versatile in both beds and containers. Tip: Plant it in full sun to partial shade. Zones 3-8
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They are a cross between groundcover roses and miniature roses, perfect for small gardens. They stay low and compact in size, just reaching about two feet tall and three feet wide, so they work beautifully filling in beds and borders with existing plants as well as in containers. Once they start flowering in spring, they don't let up until early frost. And like Knock Outs, they are resistant to powdery mildew, rust and black spot, making them easy to maintain. They come in six beautiful colors: apricot, coral, pink, red, peach and Sweet Drift, a clear pink with double flowers. Tip: Best grown in full sun. Zones 5-9
'Lucifer' CrOCOSTTUa (Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Lucifer") Here's a tried-and-true summer bulb that is very popular in England but not as common in gardens on this side of the pond. There are over 1,500 varieties of crocosmia. The original orange varieties came from South Africa, but they were brought to England; from there they have been hybridized into many different colors. Hummingbirds love alt the colors of crocosmia. particularly the flame-red color of 'Lucifer1. The flowers emerge along gently arching stems with green, sword-like foliage. It has great vigor, developing sizeable 30- to 48-Inch displays in the late-summer border. 'Lucifer' is beautiful combined with dahlias and lilies in gardens and bouquets. Tip: Grow in full sun or partial shade in the hottest areas of the U.S. It flowers from June to August, Perennial in Zones 5-10. ^
Sue shows off some of the plant baskets she's designed, each lined with a plastic material with drainage holes. Top, left to right: New Guinea impatiens, Rega! pelargonium, 'Silvfer Magic' verbena and 'Hot Pink' calibrachoa. Bottom: 'Rainbow Queen' phormium and 'Nuanza Copper Purple' osteospermum fill the large basket; the smaller one holds 'Palace Purple' heuchera and New Guinea impatiens.
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