As I was trying to think of some deep topics to discuss on my blog in late July, I was working in the garden and realized that just about everything was in bloom. In fact there are North American natives blooming in all the colors of the rainbow right now. So I thought I would share examples of each color from my garden.
|Mixed border with Cosmos, Agastache and Spotted Beebalm|
I’ll start with some of the warmer shades. I reintroduced the annual Sulfur Cosmos, Cosmos sulphureus, this year (it had been pushed out by the overly vigorous Bearded Beggarticks). These along with Orange Hummingbird Mint, Agastache aurantiaca ‘Navaho Sunset’, and the Spotted Beebalm, Monarda punctata, form a rather dense border on the south side of the house.
|A self-seeded Blood Sage|
Mixed in with these are a few Blood Sage, Salvia coccinea, a Texas native that reseeded from last year. Overall the red shades are underrepresented, the only other red is some Drummond Phlox, Phlox drummondii, also from Texas.
|A native bee is sampling from a Wine Cup|
|This Pink Tickseed has been growing in the driveway for more than 5 years.|
|Whorled Rosinweed, leaves in whorls of three.|
|Inland Sea Oats turn golden in fall.|
Moving on to blue, may last post was about the American Bellflower that is all over my garden. Instead I’ll show you the Mealycup Sage, Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria’, that I have in my flower boxes. This tender perennial native to the south-central U.S. it a common garden annual available at many nurseries in the Northeast. While not native up here it does get a fair amount of traffic from both native and honey bees.
|Wild Petunia, late to emerge, |
but in full bloom in early July.
|A pink form of Swamp Verbena along with the more common Violet form.|
|Philadelphia Fleabane is found throughout North America|