July Bloom Day
So mid-July is here, and it’s time for Garden Blogger Bloom Day. I like this custom. Anyhow, we have really entered the season of high summer. And when I say high, I mean really tall, as in really tall plants mostly with yellow flowers. At least, that’s how it is in the American Midwest. So, here’s the perennials in bloom in my garden right now.
Agastache foeniculum, Anise Hyssop. This is one of my favorites. Adaptable and almost trouble free. Good idea to cut it back around the end of May for a more compact plant.
Asclepias incarnata, Swamp Milkweed (species and ‘Ice Ballet’). Wrote a post on these earlier. These are now just past their peak.
Asclepias tuberosa, Butterflyweed
Chasmanthium latifolium, Northern Sea Oats. A great grass that grows in sun or shade. In my yard grows a little too tall and tends to get floppy.
Echinacea purpurea, Purple Coneflower
Eupatorium purpureum, Sweet Joe Pye Weed. When I see these with Cup Plant, I think of Godzilla versus Megalon. Some seriously tall plants. Keeping them staked is a challenge.
Helianthus occidentalus, Western Sunflower
Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Prairie Sunset’, False Sunflower. This is another plant, like ironweed, that I thought had died.
Hemerocallis ‘Eye-yi-yi’, ‘Egyptian Spice’, ‘ Chicago Star’, ‘ Chicago Apache’
Iris domestica, Blackberry Lily. The taxonomists have now decided this is an iris. Geez, you guys, give it a rest.
Lonicera sempervivum, Trumpet Honeysuckle. This blooms heaviest in spring but reblooms in summer and fall.
Lilium auratum ‘Casa Blanca’, Oriental Lily. Another favorite. The fragrance is wonderful.
Lobelia cardinalis, Cardinal Flower. There isn ‘t a better hummingbird plant, and you won’t find a better red anywhere.
Monarda fistulosa, Wild Bergamot
Monarda hybrids ‘Raspberry Wine’ and ‘Claire Grace’
Phlox paniculata ‘David’
Ratibida pinnata, Yellow Coneflower
Rosa Casey, Sally Holmes
Rudbeckia fulgida, Black Eyed Susan
Ruelia humilis, Wild Petunia
Scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue’
Silphium perfoliatum, Cup Plant