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 have to enjoy the lushness of the foliage and blooms while we can, right? And it’s not all blooms that I love – I’m also sharing my list of great plants for dry shade – one of the hardest areas to plant. Read on for more great planting ideas for your gardens!
Cottage Garden Flowers
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!
There are, of course, other roses blooming – I enjoy big heirloom roses as well as my sweet little fairy rose bush (mixing with a purple geranium – can’t beat that combo middle, right). A lovely lilac clematis is putting on it’s huge show and the mauvy-pink daylilies have just started to bloom.
We have a lot of daylilies I bought online and planted thinking they were all different colors and shades, and almost all of them turned out yellow – except for this variety shown on the bottom left above. Live and learn!
Cottage Garden Plants
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.
Great plants 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
5. 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.
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. Yes – including all the yellow daylilies.
A cleaned up garden bed is always a good thing, isn’t it?
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