What's blooming at Bloomtown, my home garden? Well, I'm glad you asked 😜
This time of year it's full steam ahead around here. The garden is growing like gangbusters; changing every day and I'm gardening like mad woman—tackling projects that've been deferred for years, moving and adding new plants, and of course, my client workload is keeping me hopping as well.
Here's a sampling of what's looking good and making me happy in my home garden today. Enjoy!
My Window Box is Filling In Nicely
A newish-to-me shrub that I've been seeing out and about for few years and now finally have it in my garden. This one's destined to be a new favorite!
Oo la la! That blue is electric and iridescent!
Alliums of different ilk have been blooming for a while. The last to bloom in my garden is Allium 'Globemaster'. I posted a round up of some of my favorite varieties a while ago and you can see it here.
I'm smitten with Stewartia—pictured above is Stewartia rostrata,
the first to bloom. It's a nice little tree with excellent fall color. It's bark isn't as decorative as its cousins though, so if you can just grow
one go for one of these others. S. pseudocamellia, is hands
down my favorite; it's got the largest flowers, excellent fall color, and gorgeous bark. I added a S. monadelpha this spring, bringing my total to three.
Blooming now, its fragrance is permeating my garden. This is a handsome, evergreen shrub that is tough and easy to grow. I like this plant a lot, but to be honest, the fragrance is a bit intense for me. So if you're overly sensitive to fragrance, you might want to think twice about adding this one to your garden.
Known more for its fall color show of golden yellow, these delicate white blooms in spring are sweet too.
Foliage the color of dark chocolate intensifies the dark centers of the ivory blooms. If you look closely you can see the beginnings of crimson seed heads that will develop next, extending the show.
Abundant pendant bells in saturated salmon cover this Rhodie in spring—bonus, I often get a repeat bloom in fall.
Single blooms that evolve with age—flowers of peach, ivory, light and dark pink mingle together.
Emerging foliage can be as decorative as flowers.
Another rhodie selected for foliage—though it also has vivid magenta-pink flowers that are attractive against the dark foliage.
Conifers with fresh and colorful new foliage are a favorite. I got this variety, (P. Early Gold') several years ago and haven't seen it since. This oriental spruce is very similar to Picea orientalis 'Aureospicata' which is more widely grown and consequently much easier to find than P. 'Early Gold'.
Dark veins, blue-green glossy foliage, arching stems—there's a lot to love about this fern. Perfect paired with dark foliage to accentuate out the vein color.
New foliage is most vibrant but this Heucheralla will hold its color for a long time. Try it with the Athyrium otophorum pictured above!
Maples come in such a wonderful variety of colors, leaf shape and color, and a huge range of sizes and forms. Smaller varieties are great in containers. I'm growing this in a large container and it I expect it will be happy there for a long while.