Monthly Archives: June 2013

Penstemons

Last year we bought a lot of penstemons (four were actually from the year before). It was my understanding that they would attract hummingbirds… which I don’t think is correct. I see the hummingbirds visiting similar plants (cape fuchsias, hardy fuchsias, salvias, foxgloves), but I don’t see them using the penstemons. Bees love the things, though. What I like most about the penstemons is that, as long as one dead-heads them, they will keep blooming for months. Last year some kept it up until the first freeze in December!

In the last post I showed pictures of the front yard. Check it out to see more pictures of the penstemons.

Penstemon ‘Hidcote Pink’:

2013 Miscell 2228 Penstemon 'Hidcote Pink' 2013 Miscell 2150 Penstemon 'Hidcote Pink'

Penstemon barbatus ‘Riding Hood Red’:

2013 Miscell 1817 Penstemon barbatus 'Riding Hood Red' 2013 Miscell 1673 Penstemon barbatus 'Riding Hood Red'

Penstemon ‘Electric Blue’ (nestled amongst sweet alyssum):

2013 Miscell 2252 Penstemon 'Electric Blue' 2013 Miscell 2251 Penstemon 'Electric Blue' 2013 Miscell 2154 Penstemon 'Electric Blue' 2013 Miscell 2153 Penstemon 'Electric Blue'

Penstemon ‘Polaris Purple’:

2013 Miscell 2253 Penstemon 'Polaris Purple' 2013 Miscell 2244 Penstemon 'Polaris Purple' 2013 Miscell 2089 Penstemon 'Polaris Purple' 2013 Miscell 2088 Penstemon 'Polaris Purple'

Penstemon ‘Hopley’s Variegated’:

2013 Miscell 2243 Penstemon 'Hopley's Variegated' 2013 Miscell 2231 Penstemon 'Hopley's Variegated' 2013 Miscell 2149 Penstemon 'Hopley's Variegated'

Penstemon x hartwegii ‘Firebird’:

2013 Miscell 2239 Penstemon x hartwegii 'Firebird' 2013 Miscell 2143 Penstemon x hartwegii 'Firebird'

Penstemon ‘Laura’ (yes Laura!):

2013 Miscell 2250 Penstemon 'Laura' 2013 Miscell 2092 Penstemon 'Laura' 2013 Miscell 2091 Penstemon 'Laura'

‘Laura’ needs to be moved away from that bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Korball’ Blue Balloon) – the bluebeard is definitely pushing ‘Laura.’ I have a spot in mind.

Penstemon ‘Blackbird’:

2013 Miscell 2242 Phlox paniculata 'Peppermint Twist' and Penstemon 'Blackbird' 2013 Miscell 2142 Penstemon 'Blackbird'

Penstemon ‘Mother of Pearl’:

2013 Miscell 2236 Penstemon 'Mother of Pearl' 2013 Miscell 2145 Penstemon 'Mother of Pearl'

Penstemon ‘Loganberry Ice’:

2013 Miscell 2245 Penstemon 'Loganberry Ice' 2013 Miscell 2050 red hot poker - Kniphofia uvaria 'Border Ballet' and Penstemon 'Loganberry Ice'

Penstemon x campanulatus ‘Garnet’:

2013 Miscell 2232 Penstemon x campanulatus 'Garnet' 2013 Miscell 2148 Penstemon x campanulatus 'Garnet' 2013 Miscell 2052 Penstemon x campanulatus 'Garnet'

Penstemon x hartwegii ‘Blue Midnight’:

2013 Miscell 2238 Penstemon x hartwegii 'Blue Midnight' 2013 Miscell 2144 Penstemon x hartwegii 'Blue Midnight'

Penstemon ‘Amelia Jayne’

2013 Miscell 2246 Penstemon 'Amelia Jayne' 2013 Miscell 2090 Penstemon 'Amelia Jayne'

I may have future penstemon posts, because I definitely am going to keep photographing them!

Penstemons are sometimes called “beard tongues” or “beardtongues,” but I always simply call them penstemons. They are evergreen-ish, but as Ciscoe Morris says, and as you can see in a previous post, it is good to give them a pruning in early spring.

The Front Yard

The co-gardener pointed out that I don’t post pictures of the yard, but instead of plants. Well, this is mostly because I don’t want to show the weeds…. but also because I wasn’t sure that I wanted neighbors’ cars, houses, etc. in the pictures, and by posting shots of the yard it becomes obvious that I live in a 1980s/90s housing development (not a charming craftsman home, not a cottage…)

However, the front yard looks so great right now (although yes there are weeds), that I decided to post some photos. I am also going to make posts of the component parts of the front yard, and I will link them here as I do so.

(I weed-whacked yesterday – so the lawn doesn’t look like a meadow)

Sooooo… without further ado… here’s the front yard! Please, ignore the neighbors.

2013 Miscell 2255 front yard June 30 2013 Miscell 2254 front yard June 30 2013 Miscell 2235 front yard June 30 - hardy fuchsia - Fuchsia magellanica macrostema 2013 Miscell 2234 front yard June 30 2013 Miscell 2226 front yard June 30 2013 Miscell 2225 front yard June 30 2013 Miscell 2224 front yard June 30 2013 Miscell 2223 front yard June 30 2013 Miscell 2222 front yard June 30 2013 Miscell 2221 front yard June 30 2013 Miscell 2161 front yard June 23

As you can see, I have not finished lifting bulbs… basically, I got busy. I still plan to do it! (I did do the yellow/cat garden, which took awhile). I even bought a new trowel for it.

A penstemon post with more front yard pictures

Agastache post with more views

Front yard salvias post

Two front yard cape fuchsias post

Front dianthuses

Hardy fuchsias post

The front yard garden phlox

Red hot poker, Jupiter’s beard, and checkermallow

‘Blue Bird’ Delphinium, Native Bleeding Heart, Heuchera ‘Lime Marmalade,’ Hardy Gloxinia

As I think I mentioned before, some of the delphiniums from last year didn’t come back, and some of the new delphiniums are yet to bloom. The co-gardener pretty much said “not again.” I don’t know why they are so testy… maybe they just don’t like being in the rose garden (unfortunately, thanks to the neighbor’s trees, the rose garden is part shade – not good for roses). ‘Blue Bird’ looks nice, though.

Delphinium 'Blue Bird'

Delphinium ‘Blue Bird’

Delphinium 'Blue Bird'

Delphinium ‘Blue Bird’

This is done blooming, but I had meant to include it. I already posted some pictures of the volunteer native bleeding hearts, but this one is in the woodland garden and was planted there.

Pacific bleeding heart - Dicentra formosa

Pacific bleeding heart – Dicentra formosa

This heuchera is in the woodland garden (the other two from the woodland garden got moved out in a previous post). It seems to be doing fine there. Heucheras were originally referred to as “coral bells,” but a lot of them are no longer grown for their blooms, but instead for their evergreen foliage.

Heuchera 'Lime Marmalade'

Heuchera ‘Lime Marmalade’

The hardy gloxinia might be done – I’m not sure. It is seriously crowded in its spot and did not attain the height that it did last year (it was purchased blooming, which can lead to let-downs the next year).

hardy gloxinia: Incarvillea delavay 'Bees Pink'

hardy gloxinia: Incarvillea delavay ‘Bees Pink’

Two Clematis

This is a clematis growing along a deck post, ‘Warsaw Nike’:

2013 Miscell 1710 Clematis 'Warsaw Nike' 2013 Miscell 1709 Clematis 'Warsaw Nike'

This one is in the woodland garden – it is old and I don’t know its name:

2013 Miscell 1763 unknown clematis

There is a clematis that I intend to get next year. It is new and supposed to be scented with a longer (summer) blooming period. You will have to wait until I have it! I think it will be mail order.

Campanulas

Some of the campanulas (bellflowers) are blooming right now

Campanula glomerata 'Superba': clustered bellflower

Campanula glomerata ‘Superba’: clustered bellflower

Campanula glomerata 'Superba': clustered bellflower

Campanula glomerata ‘Superba’: clustered bellflower

Campanula poscharskyana 'Camgood': waterfall bellflower

Campanula poscharskyana ‘Camgood’: waterfall bellflower

Campanula poscharskyana 'Camgood': waterfall bellflower

Campanula poscharskyana ‘Camgood’: waterfall bellflower

Campanula 'Pink Octopus': bellflower

Campanula ‘Pink Octopus’: bellflower

unknown campanulas

unknown campanulas

unknown campanulas

unknown campanulas

Peonies

Only two peonies bloomed this year. The others are new, and it can take some time for them to get going.

peony: Paeonia lactiflora 'Monsieur Jules Elie'

peony: Paeonia lactiflora ‘Monsieur Jules Elie’

original peony: Paeonia

original peony: Paeonia

original peony: Paeonia

original peony: Paeonia

Oriental Poppy, Big Root Geraniums, Saxifragas, Camas

I am behind on some of these mixed perennials posts….

The oriental poppy has really grown since last year

oriental poppy: Papaver orientale 'Princess Victoria Louise'

oriental poppy: Papaver orientale ‘Princess Victoria Louise’

oriental poppy: Papaver orientale 'Princess Victoria Louise'

oriental poppy: Papaver orientale ‘Princess Victoria Louise’

There are two variegated big root geraniums

bigroot geranium: Geranium macrorrhizum 'Variegatum'

big root geranium: Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Variegatum’

bigroot geranium: Geranium macrorrhizum 'Variegatum'

big root geranium: Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Variegatum’

I’ve included the two saxifragas before, but I don’t think while they were blooming. I like the frothy look.

Saxifraga x urbium 'Aurea-punctata'

Saxifraga x urbium ‘Aurea-punctata’

Saxifraga x urbium 'Aurea-punctata'

Saxifraga x urbium ‘Aurea-punctata’

The camas bloomed this year, which really surprised me. I got it at last year’s garden show in one of those Ziploc bags. Camas is a native wildflower.

common camas: Camassia quamash

common camas: Camassia quamash

common camas: Camassia quamash

common camas: Camassia quamash