Since my last garden was heavy on purples and pinks, I’m enjoying the bright oranges and yellows here, which contrast beautifully with the lavender-blues of all the hostas’ blooms. So this week, I’m giving you nearly all orange flowers. First, day lilies. I love day lilies. There were just a few at the old house, but lots more here. Last week I visited a garden center that had a wonderful selection. Did you know there’s a dark red day lily called “Bela Lugosi”? I restrained myself. In theory, I’m taking a year to get to know this garden’s contents and light in different seasons (but see below). But I’d love to plant loads more day lilies.
Second, the marigolds from my vegetable garden. I haven’t yet shown you any pictures of the vegetable patch. It’s a bit of a jungle, because I just plunked some things in right after we moved and have been hoping for the best. Marigolds are supposed to ward off pests, and so far they’re doing their job.
Fourth, still in front, a close-up on one of the varieties of coreopsis that I’ve shown before (yellow and red make orange):
Sixth and finally, more dwarf marigolds along with one of my purchases, a globe amaranth called “Truffula”:
Truffula is still in her pot, and will probably go in a different corner of this bed.
I also bought two pots of columbines for the shade garden, because they were on sale and I love columbines, but they’re not blooming so they don’t look like much. And from the clearance shelves I liberated two junipers, two dwarf Alberta Spruce, and a dwarf lemon false cypress, because we’re going to need some evergreens against the back chain-link fence so we don’t have a totally clear view of the neighbors’ yard in winter. I’m still moving those pots around, trying to work out where exactly to put them. I want an artistic clump, rather than a regimented line, and also not to cast shade on the vegetable patch when they grow taller.