Monday, August 31, 2009

Walk Along This Path

Yesterday's overcast morning was perfect for deadheading in the garden, and it offered an opportunity for taking a few photos of blossoms which still abound. (today the camera worked)

Just walk along this one path: to the left is a charming collarette Dahlia which astonishingly towers overhead; to the right Verbena bonariensis seeded and stands at the borders edge; and Penstemon 'Midnight' continues to send forth blossoms.

As we continue forward, Perovskia atriplicifolia (per-OFF-skee-uh at-ry-pliss-ih-FOH-lee-uh) or Russian sage graces the path's edge. This full sun lover with its aromatic habit of gray-green leaves and lavender flowers is practically maintenance free. Cut it back hard in the spring to about 6-12 inches and watch it grow and see what it attracts.

Looming overhead are the white ruffled flowers of Hibiscus syriacus 'Diana', and just beyond at the path's end is Rosa 'Mozart' which offers a second flush of beauty.