From Both Sides Now
So you have to be careful about what you say to Judy. One day I casually mention that people really liked her overview shots of the garden and maybe she should do more of those. Next thing you know, she’s sitting on a windowsill on the second story of our house, both feet dangling over the side. Aside from the risk involved, it was a pretty good idea on her part, as we have never had pictures of the front garden from this perspective.
Anyhow, I think these are the first shots of our front garden ever taken from above. Here’s an overview of the whole front on the east side of the driveway.
At the far end of the driveway border, we’re all about orange and yellow right now. There’s the orange of the Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia) and ‘Eye-yi-yi’ daylilies (Hemerocalis), though I’ve had to cut back the butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa) in hopes of another flush of blooms. Then there’s the pale yellow of the ‘Italian White’ sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) and the golden yellow of the yellow coneflower (Ratibida pinnata).
The ‘Gateway’ Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium purpureum ssp. maculatum) is still forming its flowerheads. At the far end of the far end you can just make out the blue of the anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) and the first flower spike of my ‘Adonis Blue’ butterflybush (you can click on the pictures to make them bigger).
At the other end of the Driveway Border, the biggest drift of color is the lavender of wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa). The Monarda goes nicely with the yellow early sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Prairie Sunrise’). There is also a clump of purple tall ironweed (Vernonia altissima) that’s begun to bloom, but it’s not very visible from this vantage point.
The ‘Heavenly Blue’ morning glory (Ipomoea tricolor) is driving me insane by covering itself in flower buds that seem to have no interest in EVER blooming. I’m wondering if this is some new, more sophisticated variety where you just appreciate the subtle beauty of the flower buds without the distraction of any actual flowers.
The cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum) is now blooming in the Island Bed. So is the sweet Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium purpureum), but from here you can just barely see its dusty pink blooms between the cup plant stalks. Another thing you can’t see is that there really are grass paths between these beds, but they are obscured by all the tall plants.
The purple in front of the cup plant is ‘Purple Rooster’ bee balm (Monarda didyma). You can also make out a few clusters of pink swamp milkweed blooms (Asclepias incarnata). The swamp milkweed blooms later than the butterflyweed.
This gives a pretty good view of both the Island Bed and the Sidewalk Border. You can see that the ‘Northwind’ switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) has bulked up nicely, and that there is still plenty of red from the ‘Raspberry Wine’ bee balm (M. didyma). Orange Zinnias and yellow daylilies bloom on the parkway bed.
On the other side of the driveway, there’s the Cuttings and Edibles Bed. More ‘Italian White’ sunflowers, plus a few ‘Cut and Come Again’ Zinnias (Zinnia elegans). Also lots of parsley (Petroselinum crispum) and fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), plus three tomato plants trained on wooden trellises. Sadly, no caterpillars.
In the Crabapple Bed to the south, Asiatic lilies no longer bloom around the ‘Donald Wyman’. However, there are apricot-colored ‘Egyptian Spice’ daylilies, dark red ‘Chicago Apache’, as well as more ‘Eye-yi-yi’ facing west.
Actually, Judy took these pictures while I was away at a meeting in Urbana. If I had been there I would have 1) taken a picture of her sitting on the window sill, and 2) asked her if she had gone completely insane. But when I got home, all I could do was thank her for the photos, which I really like.
I’m joining in the End of Month View meme, sponsored by Helen at The Patient Gardener. Click on the link to see more long views and overviews of great gardens at the end of July.