Happy Gardenblogger Bloom Day, and this time I’m going to play by the rules by showing you what’s actually blooming today in my actual garden. Here we go.
Salvia ‘May Night’ (above left) is super-common – because it does so well here. On the right, the spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) may be considered an obnoxious weed by some, but with the right care it’s a winner. The key to making this native plant garden-worthy is to whack back its foliage after the first bloom, when the foliage looks like crap. Then new leaves appears and the gardener is happy once again.
Speaking of weeds, here are two more of my favorite garden plants that some consider a weed. First, creeping Sedum acre is at its bright-yellow best. It arrived here as a weed and does so well, I chose it as one of my top two lawn-replacement plants. The Evening primrose blooming in pink is another volunteer. It does seed freely and because I wanted it, that’s a good thing. Free plants and plenty of ‘em! Also shown here in the photo above are some lambs’ ears and the lovely ‘Ogon’ spirea in chartreuse.
Above in my adopted garden (next door) is a short-lived but stunning pairing of Siberian iris with peonies.
Above are two of the lawn-substitute groundcovers in my front yard at their bloomingest. On the left is creeping cinquefoil and on the right, a Thyme – not sure which. (Sorry – I moved them too many times to keep track.)
Also in the front yard, anchoring a corner quite nicely, is the Spirea nipponica ‘Snowmound’. It blooms after the more common bridal wreath-type spirea and in a more angular, less fountainesque shape. Both are do-ers and as close to no-maintenance as plants can be.
My Floral Carpet and Knockout roses are all blooming and they’ll keep it up til Thanksgiving or so.