The month of July is a time of transition in the perennial garden. Many of the early blooming perennials are starting to wind down, allowing others to take center stage. Aside from an early infestation of aphids on my Lupines, I am having a good year in the flower garden.
I planted some White Coneflowers last fall and I am enjoying their first season of blooms.
I rescued these pretty pink Delphiniums last July from a plant sale at one of those temporary nurseries set up in the grocery store parking lot. The leaves were severely damaged from inconsistent watering and dwindling attention as the peak planting season passed. The 75% off sale price convinced me to take a chance on the sad plant and much to my surprise, it came through the winter strong. The Russian Sage was a new addition this spring.
These whimsical Moonbeam Coreopsis plants are divisions off of plants that I moved from the garden in our last home. I keep dividing them and expanding them over the years. I love their airy appearance and the sprinkling of yellow they add to my garden.
And what perennial garden is complete without the reliable Purple Coneflower? These long-lasting summer bloomers are a mainstay in my garden.
The purple Balloon flower is an interesting addition to the garden with its star-shaped flowers and balloon-shaped buds.
Some of the flowers start getting a little overgrown around midsummer, like the Salvia near the bottom of the picture. After taking this photo, I pruned these plants back to allow for another round of blooms in the fall.
The Daisies are transplants from my cutting garden. I started them by seed last year and moved them into my main perennial garden this spring.
So, what is blooming in your garden this time of year?