A Perennial Garden in Bloom
August 18, 2011
Allan in Garden Design, Garden Inspiration Photos, Liatris, Perennial Plants, Phlox, Platycodon, Roses, flower composition, flowers, garden design, hemerocalis, perennials, roses

Here is a long shot of a July flowerbed, in USDA Zone 4b, that flanks the path to my front door. It took many seasons before I got the combination of plants, bloom times, and colors just right. Since then, the bed has remained untouched and has re-bloomed for many years with precise reliability.

Except for Platycodon that requires staking [because it kneels to the sun] all of the plants are very low maintenance. They are neat, upright, grow in clumps and now at maturity require little or no feeding. Also, they are unaffected by current weather patterns that bring bouts of severe heat and drought followed by torrential rains.Their strong root system, developed over many years in my garden, seems to give them the strength to perform reliably as if they were wild flowers, native to this growing zone. Yet, they are actually foreign plants that have adapted well.

Blue Platycodon is seen in the lower left corner of a shot that captures several varieties of Phlox, a lemon-yellow Hemerocalis that might be either Happy returns or Hyperion, Liatris, Rainbow Knock Out Rose in its white phase, and in the distant right, Rose Bonica in its faded July cycle, one month before it begins its richer pink August re-blooming.

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