This lovely is a Crocosmia, it is an easy to grow
perennial. It spreads slowly, plant it where it can
take up a bit of space. It is tall and ribbon grass
looking but you are rewarded with this vibrant color.
Johnny Jump Ups, Nasturtium and Lobelia are
all crammed into a planter together.
The Johnny Jump Ups and the Nasturtium are 2 flowers
that I need in my yard every summer. Easy to grow and lovely to see.
This is Daphne Odora, in no way is it the most beautiful shrub one could grow.
The flowers are not highly visible, nor are they the most beautiful.
Why does one grow this shrub then? The flowers. I know, I just told you
it's flowers are not the most beautiful-what these flowers give are the most
beautiful fragrance. My Daphne suffers from frost damage quite often so
the leaves end up looking bad but the flowers are never damaged.
This little shrub requires a bit of protection in my PNW garden but it rewards me
with the most lovely fragrance in the middle of winter. Imagine coming up to
your front door in winter (UGH) and being met by the sweetest scent.
Priceless! By the way, my Daphne is a treasured plant as it was a weakly
little bugger in its pot when it came home. Not only has refused to die, it has thrived.
Don't always assume that the weak looking plant is a bad choice!
This is a Hen n Chicks, an easy to grow succulent.
I first remember seeing this family of plants in the more
common green when I was visiting my Grandma in Oregon
when I was 9! I was hooked! Try this easy to grow
plant in your yard (or in a pot where mine grow happily)!
Phlox is a most lovely plant for your garden, it withstands the heat of summer (and I do mean HOT) along with the cold of winter (and I do mean COLD),
it also attracts hummingbirds and the amazing little hummingbird moth.
Phlox rewards you with midsummer blooms
that leave a faint sweet scent in the air.
Growing next to the phlox is my beloved foxglove along
with a little pincushion.
It’s difficult to decide who steals the show in this picture.
Is it the vibrant red of the Penstemon or the egg-yellow
of the Shasta daisy? I suppose in the long run in my garden
it will be the daisy as the Penstemon doesn’t live more than
a few years while the daisy is ever hardy.
This is one of my favorite sections of the garden.
It’s too bad the purple and red flowers don’t last.
Penstemon can be hardy but apparently I grow the
wrong ones! There are also some Rudbeckia along
with Shasta daisies, both of which are easy to grow
and are both quite hardy. In between the red and purple
Penstemon grows a Japanese Honeysuckle; while highly
fragrant it is considered to be highly invasive.
The Weigela is a hardy shrub that all variety of bees
in my yard enjoy. The flowers are also frequently
visited by the hummingbirds, its quite enjoyable
to sit and watch the hummers repeatedly return to this shrub.
I really enjoy this picture. The taller plant with purple flowers
is Hyssop, while it isn't the most beautiful flower in the garden
it is a wonderful addition. The scent of the plant is very strong,
like that of anise or licorice, the flowers on the other hand
are quite attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.
As if those weren't valid reasons to grow hyssop; it is indispensable
to the herbal garden with many uses. I've always made it into a tea
along with other mints for my kids when were sick.
Hyssop is easy to grow in most climates and loves to self sow
As for the yellow flowers, those belong to one of the Coreopsis family.
Another easy to grow plant and with those vibrant flowers, it's a
Meet the borage flower, loved by bees and a bane
to myself. While the flowers are fun and edible and the
plant has this crazy cucumber smell it also is covered
in prickly hairs. So prickly that I cannot touch this plant
without gloves on. It also is a prolific self sower!