Wednesday, July 22, 2015

More Showers = More Flowers

One upside of the cool and rainy summer we've been having is the reappearance in my garden of a planting combo that I haven't seen blooming together for many years; 'Milk Chocolate' Daylily and 'Firecracker' loosestrife.
Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker'
The loostrife needs regular watering and daylilies are not as drought tolerant as you might think. Most years the loofstrife makes a short, feeble appearance in early spring, and then goes dormant as summer heats up and I go to my once a month watering regime. The daylily is typically stunted in size and blooms very little, if at all.
Hemerocallis 'Milk Chocolate'
This plant selection was inspired as I read Color Echos by Pamela Harper. Denver was going through an era of above average moisture at that time too (the mid-1990's), and I planted — and lost — many things. It was a time of expansive development and experimentation for my own home garden, and I learned so much. Gardening is a game of experimentation and determination, so don't give up!

the buff colored seed heads of blue oat grass, left, and the tawny brown seed capsules of beauty bush, right back, add more  echoes to the various brown hues


Les said...

So glad you are getting some rain. Before we started visiting Denver, my brother warned me that it was a very brown town. I have found it to be anything but.

Jocelyn H. Chilvers said...

I think a lot of Denverites have embraced the idea that xeriscape is not zero-scape; lush, colorful plantings are beautiful in wet years and dry.

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