Surviving the Dog Days

fullsizeoutput_2475Coming off of our recent run of hideously hot and humid weather, I’m just going to admit my garden looks awful. The weeds have won. A groundhog has binged on the coleus, zinnias and sweet potato vines in my garden. My basil is kaput. A brave blogger would take a picture of the depressing scene, but I’ll spare you. I’d rather post some prettiness. This little pave’ arrangement is contained within a funky little ceramic container that accurately mimics the matte finish of a common cardboard berry box. It features a pretty bi-color dahlia and two exceptional annuals for the cut flower garden. The pretty purple/blue puffs are Ageratum houstonianum ‘Blue Horizon’ and the hot pink at the top is Gomphrena globosa ‘Fireworks’. Both are terrific deer resistant plants that make awesome cut flowers.

It looks like the HHH weather has broken, and I’ll post some garden pictures soon. That means after I have several days when I can work outside without becoming cranky from the heat and pull the weeds that have overrun my garden!

Shady Plants

Having a perennial garden allows you to cut flowers that are not available at the local florist. Pulmonaria saccharata “Sissinghurst White” (lungwort) is an early spring bloomer that has pure white flowers and deep green mottled lives. Today is a raw, cold spring day that doesn’t encourage spending time outside. Bringing a few cuttings indoors is the perfect way to enjoy the flowers and foliage. I love to see them at eye level, as they top out at a foot tall in the garden.

Details: Perennial. Part-shade. Likes it a bit damp. Can brown out with summer drought, but will rebound later in the year.  Pulmonaria cultivars abound and flower color range is white/blue/pink/raspberry. Foliage can be solid green or splashed with white, making it a perfect plant for a shady spot, its leaves adding a glow to the garden after bloom time.