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Cottage Garden in Bloom

Isn’t June just the most amazing month for gorgeous blooms? My cottage garden flowers are putting on quite a show right now that I’m trying to enjoy as much as possible because I know the dry days of August and September are not far away – the the borders will show signs of browning, the roses will have suffered from blackspot and the clematis will be no more.

Oh, there are lovely things about  mid-summer and fall blooms, but we gotta enjoy the lushness of the foliage and blooms while we can!

Windermere rose

This is probably my favorite rose blooming in our yard right now (tomorrow it might be another, a-hem!) – it’s a light, light pink old fashioned rose called ‘Windemere’ and I only have it because it was clearanced out a few years ago after it’s blooms had faded for $3.00 (yes, $3!). I love it when the deal that is merely to fill a bare spot turns into such a prize!

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There are, of course, other roses blooming – I enjoy full heirloom roses as well as my sweet little fairy rose bush (mixing with a purple geranium – can’t beat that combo). A lovely lilac clematis is putting on it’s huge show and the mauvy-pink daylilies have just started to bloom.

One day I’ll have to tell you my daylily story – we have a ton I planted, thinking they were all different, and almost all of them are yellow – except for this variety. Sigh.

Dry Shade Border

I’m sure this seems fairly boring, but this is my extremely dry shade border – and I love how lush it looks, even if the only thing blooming is the ladies mantle, because it’s SO very hard to get things to live under a 70-foot fir tree. So very hard.

So these are great plants if you need to plant in dry shade:

1. Variegated Bishops Weed – invasive anywhere else, only in dry shade are you thankful it keeps spreading!

2. Ladies Mantle – it doesn’t reseed in dry shade as it does in moister areas, and it doesn’t always last through the winter, but it does nicely, as you can see, when it does.

3. Brunnera – love, love, LOVE it for dry shade – the silver-tipped ‘Jack Frost’ is my favorite, but the regular green variety self-sows which, again, is only lovely because it’s such a hard area to get things to grow.

4. Small Japanese Maples

hebe blooming

My other favorite dry shade plant is Hebe – blooming here in all it’s glory in the front dry shade area under a huge Japanese maple. There are actually two planted here – aren’t they glorious? And they make wonderful cut flowers, too.

Front cottage garden

The last area I’m sharing is the front border that used to be a driveway. We spent a lot of time this weekend trimming everything up and cleaning out the early spring debris, which lets the new blooms shine. Yeah – including the yellow daylilies.

A cleaned up garden bed is always a good thing, isn’t it?

Tuesday Garden Party


  1. says

    Gorgeous roses! I have a climbing rose bought on clearance and it’s one of my best! Also, I’m contemplating a new shade garden so your advice on plant varieties is much appreciated. Thanks!

  2. jess says

    Jami- for several years now I have wondered what a certain shade loving plant was called. When I was at a yard sale recently I saw it and a woman told me it was brunnera. I love the greenery and little blue flowers. Did you grow yours from seeds or purchase a plant?
    Thank you

    • says

      I purchased mine as plants – but since they reseed some, I’ve been able to populate many dry shade areas now from those original 3 plants. :)

  3. says

    Hi Jamie, Your beautiful Windemere rose inspired me to write this haiku:

    Look! Roses in bloom.
    Can you see? A blush of pink.
    There, but almost not.

    Love your cottage flower beds– so pretty!

    Teri in Portland OR


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