How can I choose just six? Reviewing my photo file was a good experience to evaluate last year’s garden efforts and set a few goals for 2020. But there were so many things I loved.
I’ll start with this pink Knockout Rose. It’s a dependable bloomer during most of the year in our climate. You can see a red sport that appears frequently on one top branch. I’d love to trim that part, but I don’t want to lose that little freaky anomaly.
I made a collage of white flowers, which I favor in the garden. They seem to be a wonderful foundation, with the other colors filling in around them. I have to credit my maternal grandmother with this idea. She was fond of white flowers glowing in the moonlight. You can find something white during most of the year in my yard.
I enjoy my hydrangeas all summer. Even after the blue fades to a ghastly purple and green, they are still interesting. Then after frost turns them to crispy brown puffs, they accent the fall garden with some bare structure.
I originally bought three of these Gumpo azaleas about 30 years ago. I’ve been able to propagate several more from them to spread around the yard. I can’t remember if the name is Dreamsicle or Orange Sherbet, but I love the white centers surrounded by a peachy-pink color. In another area, the blue walking iris blooms at the same time as these azaleas, and the contrast is beautiful.
Another variegated flowering shrub is Prairie Lace crepe myrtle. You see the white around the edges, hence, the lacy effect. It has remained a well-behaved medium size in my front yard for many years.
Only one more? I may have to do this again next week.
Back to a white example, I can always depend on the Butterfly Ginger to bloom during the late summer and into fall, when many other flowers have wearied of their job.
I want to give credit to the guy who founded this fun Six on Saturday idea. He lives in Great Britain, and his Twitter handle is @cavershamjj You can find his blog at: https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/