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Summer Spice: GBBD, July 2021

July 15, 2021

summer spice from aboveMy early summer garden is dominated by a sweet pastel palette in shades of pink, blue and violet. But as June turns to July, the garden mood gets spicier. Nowhere is that more true than on my sunny southwest-facing front slope, where hot colors take center stage in the summer heat.

front slope hot color daylilies July

Daylilies (Hemerocallis) are the big story in my July garden. Above, you can see many of the red, orange, and purple varieties blooming on the front slope. Today, almost fifty varieties of Hemerocallis were blooming in my garden, more than half of those I grow. Five of those varieties opened their first flowers today. But, also today, the first two varieties to bloom this year, ‘Boothbay Harbor Gold’ and ‘Orange Prelude,’ opened their last flowers.

Boothbay Harbor Gold last flower Orange Prelude last flower

From here on out, as later daylily varieties come into bloom, early varieties will finish their bloom period.  We have now reached that bittersweet tipping point halfway through summer when anticipation gives way to an awareness that fall is not far away.

Spicy front slope July 2021

The hot-color daylilies on the front slope are accompanied by the strong yellows of false sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides) and coreopsis, the vibrant orange of butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), and the first of the beebalms to bloom, the vivid red Monarda didyma ‘Jacob Cline.’

spicy lower slope July 2021 monarda Jacob Kline

Not all the flowers in my July garden are hot and spicy. At the top of the front slope, along the patio walkway, hot pinks and purples merge into softer pinks.

Patio daylilies July 2021

Soft-color daylilies currently blooming include the peachy tones of  ‘English Cameo’ in the entrance garden and ‘Beth Barth’ in the fragrant garden, and the big spidery pastel flowers of ‘Lily Munster’ in the new front border.

soft color English Cameo soft color Beth Barth soft color Lily Munster

side slope hosta wandsAt the bottom of the side slope, an old fashioned green hosta (possibly Hosta ventricosa)  is sporting graceful wands of pale lavender flowers. This was a pass-along plant from my mother’s garden more than thirty years ago that has been divided over and over again and now provides a strong edging along the side of the driveway.

Elsewhere in the garden, a pale blue veronica and a stronger blue phlox are just beginning to bloom, other phlox varieties and several types of Liatris are sporting lots of buds, and two additional species of Monarda are about to bloom – promising many more flowers for the August garden.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is a celebration of flowers founded by Carol J. Michel at May Dreams Gardens and hosted by her on the 15th of each month. Visit her blog to link to blooms featured by gardeners from a variety of places and climates.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. July 15, 2021 10:14 pm

    Love those Lilies!

    • July 19, 2021 2:21 pm

      Lea, I grow very few true lilies, but daylilies are so easy to grow in a wide variety of conditions. I love these beautiful, dependable plants.

  2. July 15, 2021 11:05 pm

    Now that’s a daylily collection!

    • July 19, 2021 2:24 pm

      Kris, I’m not normally a plant collector, but I make an exception for daylilies. I never get tired of discovering and acquiring new varieties. As of today, I have about sixty varieties currently in bloom and more than twenty whose flowers have not yet begun to open waiting in the wings. Walking through the garden each morning and discovering which of these beauties have announced their presence is a delight.

  3. July 16, 2021 12:41 am

    What beautiful daylilies! I am slowing getting more and more of them myself. And, of course, dividing the ones I have for more!

  4. Pat Leuchtman permalink
    July 16, 2021 2:49 pm

    Jean – Your garden is fabulous! I also have a lot of daylilies in bloom right now which is wonderful because the garden is so wet, but I have zinnias and a few other bloomers as well.

    • July 19, 2021 2:28 pm

      Pat, How many plants are happy in your wet soil and in my dry, sandy soil, and in climates from zone 3 to zone 9? It is part of the magic of daylilies that they are relatively easy to grow in such a wide variety of conditions.
      After a hot, dry June, we have had rain almost every day in July. Has that been true in your area too?

  5. July 18, 2021 5:40 pm

    Your new front garden is looking wonderful – all the hard work returning in flowers.

    • July 19, 2021 2:44 pm

      Diana, It’s hard to believe this slope full of daylilies is already three years old! My progress on the last piece of the front garden, the woodland border, has been slowed by lots of July rain, but I still hope to have it completed by the end of August.

  6. July 24, 2021 4:52 am

    Wow Jean, the reds, purples and oranges of your daylilies are stunning! I can’t believe you’re already mentioning autumn though, I think there’s much much more enjoyment to be had before worrying about winter.

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