Yet on Eastern Standard Time, I crept out the back door in snowman robe and flip flops, unable to resist the opportunity to photograph the dew laden blooms in the bright morning sunlight. Met up with neighbor Bill frying bacon for his church group on the grill. "Kirk's really proud of that orange flower over there." So she should be.
Zone Five and a Half. In areas prone to heavy snowfall, its summer success depends on the depth of winter snows and the protection afforded by layers of moist flakes which keep the temperature even and the likelihood of "freeze and thaw" damage far less. Thus the success this year of the Crocosmia crop! Big winter means big color in the summer. This year we hit the landscape lotto!
Not around much to water my little patch, xeriscape plants are the focus. Xeriscape plants require little water and ongoing care. Day lilies are classic and frequent plants of this nature, but saxifragia, sedum, lavendar, coral belles and lady's mantle also require minimal attention once established. Low fuss and little fluid required yet these plants offer a variety of color, height and blossoms.
No crocosmia for the far end of the hill. Catmint, a staple of the garden provides lavender flowers and silvery foliage. Its quick recovery after cutting back and mounding quality moves it to the top of the punch list. Lemon yellow spirea shrubbery and euphobia add structure along with a small birdbath. The end is anchored with a young blue spruce, planted at about eight inches, now three feet, marking time each year.
Sounds like a lot of work, but only a couple hours unearths a lovely garden and reenergizes our end of the collective ribbon of color. Hummingbird attracted to the bright colors of the crocosmia and phlox make it even more interesting.
Rockery and roll.
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