Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for June 2020.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, the next parade of blooms—the summer blooms—are arriving just in time. The official start of summer is just a few days off.
First up is a perennial I planted just last year, a trial plant from Darwin perennials called Phlox paniculata ‘Ka-Pow® White’. It is the first tall phlox to bloom this year and caught my eye because if you look closely, you’ll see it has a lovely soft pink center.
And not one spit of disease.
It’s a keeper and I want more of them… a big drift of them would be nice.
Elsewhere in the garden, I’m ready for the Monarch butterflies with milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa, in bloom.
Nearby a large shrub, Diervilla rivularis ‘Kodiak® Black’ from Proven Winners is in full bloom.
I have another Diervilla in front, Diervilla lonicera, also in full bloom. Both shrubs do a good job of attracting pollinating insects and provide great cover for little birds all year round.
Out in the vegetable garden, I have two gigantic lavenders in bloom.
I don’t know the varieties, but I wish I did because with virtually no care, they’ve grown and thrived for probably seven or eight years. In my climate that is a long time for lavender to live.
For the first time in several years, I am also growing annual sweet peas at the ends of the vegetable garden raised beds.
I took all the sweet pea seeds I had purchased over several years when I thought I was going to grow them, mixed them up, and sowed them. I had no idea what I’d get but I do like this one which has a lovely scent too.
It appears I have a fondness for purple bell-shaped clematis.
This one is ‘Pagoda’.
This one is unknown!
This one is ‘Betty Corning’.
And this is ‘Rooguchi’.
I’m not opposed to acquiring more bell-shaped clematis if anyone knows of one I should get!
I could go on and on with blooms, but no one has time because no doubt your garden is calling. So let’s wrap this up with a hardy ground orchid, Bletilla striata.
I thought these were not going to make it after two freezes this spring. You can see on the foliage the ragged tops caused by the emerging foliage being zapped by the cold.
But they did make it and so did everything else here at May Dreams Gardens.
What’s blooming in your garden on what I hope is a lovely beginning of summer? Join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and show us. It is easy (and fun) to participate! Just post on your blog about the blooms in your garden on our near the 15th of the month and then come back here and leave a comment to tell us what you have and a link in the Mr. Linky widget so we know how to find you.
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence