We’ve really been enjoying our large, main garden this summer. We eat our meals on the deck that overlooks it, so we get plenty of time to appreciate its beauty. The left side is mostly annuals and the right is largely perennial.
Above left, mounds of white Spider Flower (Cleome hassleriana) back a row of variegated ‘Alaska’ Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus) on the left and Mealy-cup Sage (Salvia farinacea), Verbena ‘Lanai Peach’ and ‘Peachy Keen’ spreading to the right in front.
In the right-hand photo, Astilbe chinensis x taquetii line the back center with pink and white Cleome on the left and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ on the right. In the middle, are Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro), red, orange and yellow daylilies (Hemerocallis) and Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). Along the front foreground, are Zinnias, white Nicotiana alata, Lamb’s ears (Stacys byzantina) and Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena) further down.
Closer shots above show pink Cleome and double Daylily at left; and right, Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus), yellow and orange Cosmos sulphureus and white Cleome, a combination I love. Below are some portraits of flowers that are now blooming in the garden. (Click to embiggen and see as a slideshow.)