Category Archives: Front Yard

Three Honeysuckles

We have three regular honeysuckles in the yard and one evergreen honeysuckle. I will post pictures of the evergreen honeysuckle separately.

The purple-leaf honeysuckle is on the front of the house, and it bloomed in early June. The variegated honeysuckle and the late Dutch honeysuckle are both on the swing. The variegated honeysuckle bloomed in May, and the late Dutch honeysuckle is blooming right now (it has been blooming since June).

purple-leaf honeysuckle: Lonicera japonica ‘Purpurea’:

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variegated honeysuckle: Lonicera periclymenum ‘Harlequin’:

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late Dutch honeysuckle: Lonicera periclymenum ‘Serotina’:

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White-Variegated Jasmine

The white-variegated jasmine (Jasminum officinale ‘Argenteovariegatum’) suffered a little over the winter, but it bounced back quite nicely. The plant has the lovely jasmine scent and also has really interesting feathery foliage. These pictures are from mid-June and early July.

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Warty Barberries and Crucifixion Thorns

We have two evergreen warty barberries (Berberis verruculosa) in the front yard next to three crucifixion thorns (Colletia hystrix–also called “anchor plants”). I’m putting both types of plants in the same post because they are close together and thus share photographs. We bought the five pokey plants to keep the neighbors’ dog out of our yard, but then the neighbor went and built a chicken coop fence (I guess he got the hint). We’re not too found of the chicken coop fence, but the plants are growing to cover it nicely.

The warty barberries bloomed at the end of April. I think the crucifixion thorns have bloomed in the past, but I don’t remember off of the top of my head when they bloom, and I am not sure if they did bloom this year.

Warty barberries: Berberis verruculosa:

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Crucifixion thorns: Colletia hystrix:

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Both types:

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Did we need all five pokey plants? Probably not. Also, when I (very enthusiastically) picked out these plants, I didn’t think about what it would be like weeding around them.

Himalayan Leptodermis

This year, a lot of plants get posted after they are done blooming (for several reasons), but the Himalayan leptodermis (Leptodermis oblonga) is blooming right now! I took these pictures a few days ago. It is in a section of dwarf shrubs in the front yard (and it is actually staying dwarf, unlike some of the plants). I think that this plant is rather sweet. However, I tend to always forget its name–I can remember that “Himalayan” is in the name, but I forget the rest. Oh well, I could probably try harder to remember.

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Front Yard in June

Here are some recent pictures of the front yard after I weeded it. I’ll post separate posts about the specific plants in the pictures. I took most of these pictures five days ago, and already more plants have begun blooming (like some phlox).

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Those are elfin thymes (Thymus serphyllum ‘Elfin’) with which we’ve replaced our lawn. The idea is that they grow into each other and never require mowing. It was my idea, but thus far I have mixed feelings about it. I’m plenty glad to not have to mow or weed whack, though. The tarp is covering the remaining area that needs elfin thymes–this way weeds and grass don’t grow before we get more elfin thymes in.

Mock Oranges (Philadelphus)

We have five mock oranges in the yard, and I especially like them. They smell like orange blossoms and bloom for a fairly long period. ‘Yellow Cab’, the latest mock orange, is still blooming now, although I think it is now past its height. ‘Manteau d’Hermine’ was the first mock orange to bloom this year, and it has been finished for quite a while. We purchased a native mock orange for our vacation home, but we have not planted it yet. I wish we had room in our regular garden for a native mock orange–too late now.

These pictures range from mid-May to mid-June.

Philadelphus x lemoinei ‘Manteau d’Hermine’:

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Philadelphus x lemoinei ‘Belle Etoile’:

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Philadelphus x virginalis ‘Dwarf Snowflake’:

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Philadelphus ‘Snow White Fantasy’:

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Philadelphus virginalis ‘Yellow Cab’:

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Lilacs

There are five lilacs in the yard, but I’m only including pictures of three. One plant is pretty young and has not started blooming yet (it is a different species of lilac, and I may take pictures of its lacy leaves after its area has been weeded). Another plant had only one blossom this year, and I don’t think I took any pictures of it.

I don’t know the names of the pink lilac or the double lilac. The co-gardener got the plants from a well-known lilac garden.

Lilacs require cold weather over the winter in order to bloom well. That is a reason why lilacs don’t grow well in warmer places. It is also why some years one has a lot of blossoms, and other years one does not (at least in places with variable winter weather).

These pictures are from late April to early May. I’ll try to take more pictures of the lilacs next year.

The big lilac: Lilac vulgaris ‘Ludwig Spaeth’:

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Double lilac:

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Pink lilac:

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No, we didn’t put up the chicken-coop fence that is found in the last two pictures–that was the neighbor.

Weigelas

We have five weigelas in the yard. I think we mostly became interested in the plants upon learning that hummingbirds visit them, but also some weigelas have great variegated foliage. The last few years I have forgotten to prune the weigelas at the appropriate time, and I really need to do it this year (some are getting rather large). CIscoe Morris talks about pruning weigelas in his book. These photographs are from mid-May to late May, but actually some of the weigelas are still blooming.

Weigela florida ‘Red Prince’:

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Weigela florida ‘Eyecatcher’:

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My Monet weigela–Weigela florida ‘Verweig’:

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Wine and Roses weigela–Weigela florida ‘Alexandra’:

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French Lace weigela–Weigela florida ‘Brigela’ (note the hummingbird in the last four photos):

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