Perennials of Early Summer

Herbaceous perennials are one of many categories of plants that follow us through our seasons. Although they start in spring they are typically at their best in summer. It is hard to know how to describe the changing landscape as one group finishes their show and another begins. Since all of the garden beds are a blend of bulbs, shrubs and perennials, no one type will predominate.
As bulbs fade from the scene their places are filled in by many early summer perennials... Oriental Poppies, Old Fashioned Bleeding Hearts, Cushion Spurge, flowering Salvias, 'Husker's Red' Penstemon, Creeping Phlox, hardy Geraniums and more. We try for a variety of foliage forms and color, so that interest exists regardless of bloom. Gray- leafed Lamb's Ears, the needle-like Dracocephalum ,the burgundy leaves of various Heucheras and the bold green and white Lamium 'White Nancy' are a few of the contributors. Hostas, of course are the ultimate foliage plant.

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red Oriental Poppy
Oriental  Poppies
salmon Oriental poppy
 Oriental  Poppies
Old fashioned Bleeding Heart...creeping phlox in background
Bleeding Heart
Dicentra spectabilis 'Alba'
Bleeding Heart
Heuchera ex 'Pewter Veil'
Corydalis flexuosa 'Blue Panda'
Blue Panda
burgundy leaf Corydalis
Burgundy Corydalis
Dracocephalum sp.
Dragon's Head
Penstemon digitalis ex 'Husker's Red'
Euphorbia sp. 'Donkey's tail'
meadow sage -Salvia pratensis
Meadow Sage
'Birch's' Geranium
Geranium sanguineum & Lamb's Ear
close up of a Lamb's Ear leaf
Alchemilla mollis...Lady's Mantle
Lady's Mantle
Hosta 'Francee Williams'
Hosta Francee 
unknown type...probably from seed
'June' in spring 2002...quite a dwarf type.
Hosta 'June'
marginata type Hosta
Hosta marginata
Hosta 'Sieboldiana'...large bluish leaves
Hosta Sieboldiana
variegated type unknown

Perennials of Late Summer

Click here for a sunny afternoon visit to some of our perennial garden