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Hot Colors for a Hot Season: GBBD, July 2020

July 16, 2020

hot colors from topIn my Maine garden, the soft pastels of June have given way to a riot of hot colors in July. This is especially true on the sunny front slope, where reds, oranges, yellows, purples, and hot pinks have been given pride of place.

front slope hot colors

In mid-July, the daylilies (Hemerocallis)  are coming on strong, although they are not yet at their peak. About three dozen varieties have begun to bloom thus far, with more yet to come. fragrant garden daylilies

July 2020 daylilies

As you can see, not all the daylily colors are hot. In the entrance garden, the hot pink of Spiraea x bumalda ‘Neon Flash’ is tempered by the soft peaches of daylilies ‘English Cameo’ and ‘Ethel Shepherd.’ On the side slope, the soft yellows of ‘Sarah Scally’ and Hemerocallis citrina combine with tall lavender wands of Hosta ventricosa.

peachy-pink combo side slope soft colors

The lavender walk, which is in full bloom in July, also softens the color palette. lavender walk july 2020

geranium with hosta In the back garden, a pink flower of Geranium x oxonianum blooming against the leaves of Hosta ‘Love Pat’ creates a quiet vignette.
And since July is peak time for blooms in my garden, it is also a busy time for pollinators. Echinacea with fritillary

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month (or the 16th for those of us who always seem to have trouble getting there in time) by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see July blooms from many other gardens.

22 Comments leave one →
  1. Lisa permalink
    July 16, 2020 10:14 pm

    Your lavender walk is inviting! How nice to have so many daylilies. I have a few new ones, but not all are going to bloom this year.

    • July 19, 2020 9:25 pm

      Lisa, I also have a number of daylilies not blooming this year; because of our drought conditions in June, I think they didn’t get enough moisture during the period when they would normally have been making flower scapes. Some of my usually prolific bloomers have only one flower scape with a few buds and others didn’t send up any flower scapes at all. I did notice yesterday that one variety which would normally be blooming by now had just made a flower scape, which gives me hope for some of the others.

  2. July 17, 2020 1:29 am

    Your garden is beautiful!! So colourful and cheerful!

    • July 19, 2020 9:26 pm

      Thank you, Janaline; the garden makes me happy.

  3. Pat Leuchtman permalink
    July 17, 2020 9:07 am

    Jean – Your garden is just beautiful. We just set up our new soaker hoses – and now it is pouring out! Happy Bloom Day.

    • July 19, 2020 9:28 pm

      Pat, I’ve noticed that when I finally break down and do something about the lack of rain, it seems to bring it on. After six weeks of drought in May and June, I’ve promised myself that I’m not going to complain about any rain that comes our way.

  4. July 17, 2020 10:07 am

    It’s really filling in, and I love the lavender walk. You kind of need some bold colors in July to hold up to the brightness of the sun. My garden is looking a little anemic without them, so maybe a trip to the nursery wouldn’t be a bad idea!

    • July 19, 2020 9:29 pm

      Bittser, LOL, a trip to the nursery is never a bad idea!

  5. Molly permalink
    July 17, 2020 10:48 am

    Love all those daylilies

    • July 19, 2020 9:29 pm

      Molly, I’m a daylily lover, too. It seems that I can never resist adding just one or two new varieties.

  6. July 17, 2020 4:36 pm

    Such a pretty garden. I would be just sitting out there and breathing in the lavender. My lavender is finished blooming. My daylilies got nipped in the bud, so to speak, by the deer. Heliopsis and yarrow, both deer resistant, are looking good here right now. I love your garden – and the fact that you know the names of the daylilies because you either have a great memory or a great record keeping system. I have found that putting the tags in a drawer is not very effective.

    • July 22, 2020 11:39 am

      Debbie, It’s so frustrating when the deer eat the buds off the daylily scapes — or, worse, knock them off and leave them lying on the ground. When I was younger and had fewer daylily varieties, I just relied on my memory of who was who. For my recent plantings, however, I have made “plant maps” that I keep in my computer labeling the plant in each location. With the front slope planting, especially, which was only planted two years ago and has 35 different varieties of daylilies, I find myself frequently looking at the map to remind myself which daylily that is in bloom.

  7. July 17, 2020 6:25 pm

    I love your lavender walk, Jean. You’ve got a lovely collection of daylilies too. I hope you’re enjoying pleasant summer weather.

    • July 22, 2020 11:45 am

      Kris, We’ve been having some weather that passes for “hot” here — temperatures in the 90s with dew points in the low 70s. Fortunately, after two or three days of hot weather, we usually get a cool day or two. Even when it’s hot, I get out into the garden every day, and usually eat my meals out on my screened porch (which has a ceiling fan). Good outdoor weather has been especially important this year, when outdoors is the only place I can interact with other people.

  8. July 19, 2020 8:52 am

    Hello Jean, I really like your lavender walk – the purple and yellow is a really good combination. The view from the top over the slope is really good too.

    • July 22, 2020 11:47 am

      Sunil, I like the view out over the top of the slope, too — which is also the view from my bedroom window. Because this planting is only two years old, there are still a lot of gaps between plants, easily visible from the bottom of the slope; but those gaps disappear when you look out over the top.

  9. July 19, 2020 1:20 pm

    I love the hot colors of the daylilies — but my only wish is to be able to smell your lavender-lined walkway through my computer. Just lovely!

    • July 22, 2020 11:49 am

      Kevin, It’s such a pleasure to walk along that narrow walkway and release the scent of the lavender plants as I brush them in passing. I keep thinking I should harvest lavender and make sachets or something for holiday gifts — but, so far, I haven’t managed to move from idea to execution.

  10. July 20, 2020 6:49 pm

    Great selection of daylilies!

    • July 22, 2020 11:54 am

      Jason, I think today is probably my daylily peak. Of the 35 varieties on the front slope, three more opened their first flowers today, for a total of 25 currently in bloom (and one early one that finished yesterday). I am very much enjoying all those hot reds that don’t appear anywhere else in my garden.

  11. July 21, 2020 7:51 am

    I love daylilies too and have started cross breeding them p they are easy. So far, only one result bloomed this year but wait for next year.

    • July 22, 2020 11:56 am

      Ray, It will be fun to see what your own crosses turn out to be. I have a couple of favorites that were unregistered seedlings I bought about 20 years ago from a local daylily breeder.

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