Tour of the garden – 5/23/17

The Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ are still making a big impact even as they start to decline, especially when absorbing the raindrops.


And still drawing in the critters.

Allium ‘Globemaster’ is in peak form, mixing well with the emerging flowers of Baptisia australis.



Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’ is in flower.


Baptisia ‘Carolina Moon’ is in full bloom mode and a bit ahead of Baptisia australis in that regard.


I haven’t written much about Arborvitae ‘Rheingold’ over the years, but patience has paid off as it has rounded into an appealing shape, about 7-8 years in. It sits now at a golden chartreuse and will soon change to a very handsome light green as we head into summer.


Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ (Catmint) is another perennial in full bloom in my garden right now and the drooping branches of the Ninebark ‘Diablo’ shrub add a nice contrast in color.

Nepeta also combines well with the Salvia ‘May Night’ in the background.

Speaking of ‘May Night’, it is a bee magnet.

Lots of activity today. #bee #pollinator #flower #blooms #garden #instagarden #beesofinstagram #flowersofinstagram

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Weigela ‘Wine and Roses’ is bursting in color and only after some serious dead branch clean-up was it presentable. I am leaning towards a harsh prune post-flower to hopefully improve the shape of this shrub. It has been years since I’ve pruned it at all.




Foliage contrast is in full effect with the variegated Diervilla ‘Cool Splash’, Heuchera (Coral Bells) and Monarda (Bee Balm) below.


Alchemilla mollis (Lady’s Mantle), Penstemon ‘Husker Red’ (Beard Tongue) and Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’ rounding out the tour for today.







12 thoughts on “Tour of the garden – 5/23/17

  1. Mary Hatton

    What a nice tour of your garden! I love to see what other gardeners are cultivating and how they site their plants. Thanks

  2. Meg

    I always look forward to seeing your next post. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous. You must have the patience of a saint to wait for the perfect shots!

    1. jmarkowski Post author

      Thanks Meg. I would say excess more than patience. 1 out of 100 will look great and I delete all of the others.

  3. Marilyn Gist

    Thank you for the tour! I love all the foliage colors and textures in the 3rd to the last photo!

  4. Chuck Rasmussen

    I tried growing the Allium but the buds froze, I’m not sure what I do wrong. But seeing your photo of them, enlarged on screen, is a nice save, so thanks.

    1. jmarkowski Post author

      I’ve had that same thing happen Chuck but lucked out the last 2 years.

  5. Tami W Jones

    I live under and Oak tree, which is kind of great, but I envy your sun exposure. I live vicariously through your tours. Thank you!

    1. jmarkowski Post author

      Thank you Tami. I am envious of shade, desperately want to try some deep shade shrubs and perennials.

  6. Beth Lynch

    Love all the pictures of your garden. I need to try alliums, they are really striking. The last combination is gorgeous. Love the contrast of shapes and colors. Looking forward to summer photos.

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