Earlier this spring I decided to remove absolutely everything that grew roots in this area and fill it with new plants. I alternated Halcyon and Gold Standard Hosta's along with Bleeding Hearts which have since died out for summertime. I recently added Double Scoop Cranberry Coneflower (aka Echinacea) to this area for some summertime color and after weeks of waiting, they are finally blooming! I always like to have blooms coming and going throughout the entire bloom season. This particular Echinacea has several stages of floral interest in the garden, don't you think?
I know so many of you have shared the love for this plant since I first introduced it on my blog back in 2011. Now that the Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea is more readily available in the garden centers I am finding this photo from this blog post pinned over and over by my gardening friends. But I hope people will see the beauty of this plant prior to the pink stage! The perfect green foliage and the dark red branches with the white blooms - are such a spectacular stage too!!! Last fall I trimmed all of my hydrangeas back to about three feet tall and the Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas are now not just as tall as they were before I cut them but they also are full of blooms, unlike most of my other hydrangeas that will not be sharing blooms this year.
I feel like I've overloaded my blog posts with roses over the past couple weeks so I'll share with you only what is newly blooming in the landscape. Crocosmia 'Lucifer', Daylily, Mallow, Hydrangea, Fuschia and Gladiola.
Hope you are enjoying your week wherever you are! xoxo, tracie