Favorite Flowers of 2017
It’s New Year’s Day, and I’m sitting on our back porch looking out on the garden, which is in a state of deep freeze. Now seems like a good time to think about the flowers that made me happiest over the year that just passed.
In March, I’m starved for color. So the appearance of Crocuses (like these Crocus tommasinianus) always make for a big mood boost.
This was a great year for Clove Currant (Ribes odoratum). This year our shrub in the Sidewalk Border was smothered in blooms, and the scent was strong and delicious, to the delight of most passing pedestrians.
I do love blue flowers, and my favorite blue flower in spring is the Virginia Bluebell (Mertensia virginica).
We are in the process of establishing a patch of Great White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) in the shady back garden. This is the first year we had any blooms. I’m looking forward to many more in future years!
The Tulips this year were disappointing – I had more winter losses than normal. Still, some Tulips are better than none. Spring would not be spring without vibrant blooms like ‘Princess Irene’ above.
Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) is another spring favorite.
Blue Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis) blooms mark the transition from spring to summer. Another much loved blue flower.
Love, love, love the orange flowers of Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa). All in all my favorite Milkweed.
Last year I tried cutting back the Clematis jackmanii in summer on the theory that it would rebloom in the fall. Didn’t work, and may have led to the vines being a little less vigorous this year. They still looked pretty good in 2017, though.
‘Raspberry Wine’ Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) dominates the Sidewalk Border in summer.
Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) is more understated, but still another favorite Monarda.
Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) in the Driveway Border had been in decline for a couple of years, partly due to attacks of the Four-Lined Plant Bugs. This year they made a modest comeback. I’m glad, because this is a fantastic plant.
Then, of course, there’s Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia). In my book this is an indispensable annual.
Here’s a close-up. Love those orange blooms!
It was the Lurie Garden that inspired me to plant ‘Summer Beauty’ Allium (Allium angulosum). They are now the most prized among the Alliums in our garden.
I love tall plants, especially Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum).
This is the first year that Cutleaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata), another statuesque plant, made its presence known in the Driveway Border. Great plant, but how it got to our garden is still a mystery.
Fall brings masses of starry aster blooms. If I had to pick just one of the several species in my garden, it would be Short’s Aster (Symphyotrichum shortii).
There were only a few ‘Honorine Jobert’ Japanese Anemone blooms this year. We initially had just a couple of young plants, but I’ve planted several more.
Warmed by memories of last year’s blooms, here’s looking forward to the 2018 gardening season!
That’s all for now.