September 17, 2021

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Midsummer in Carla’s Garden

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We’re off to Malvern, Pennsylvania, with Carla Z. Mudry today.

Midsummer has hit my garden, and I am in love with the riot of texture, colors, and scent. It is a dizzying array and so soul-satisfying to me. The summer colors are amazing, and it makes all of the digging, weeding, planting, and trimming worth it just to look around at what is growing!

I also now have a greenhouse. My new greenhouse is full of chili peppers I grew from seed. I love it. It’s just a small one, but it’s the perfect size for me to play in!

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsPurple coneflowers (Echinacea hybrids, Zones 5–9) have come a long way in recent years, and this beautiful white, double-flowered form is just stunning. It looks like it might be the variety ‘Milkshake’.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsBut good old-fashioned Echinacea purpurea (Zones 3–9) is always pretty great too, and much loved by a wide range of pollinators.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsCarla’s summer garden is a riot of color, with many daylily (Hemerocallis, Zones 4–10) varieties taking center stage.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsLiterally thousands of new daylily hybrids are introduced each year, in an ever expanding range of colors and patterns. This soft lavender is particularly beautiful.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsSome daylily lovers like full, round, ruffled flowers.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsYou can also find daylily varieties with longer, smoother petals for a star-shaped bloom. Carla enjoys the full range of daylily diversity.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsTrue lilies are often a little fussier than their daylily relatives, but their individual blooms last longer, and many, like this Oriental lily (Lilium hybrid, Oriental group, Zones 5–9), boast a powerful fragrance.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThis bright red daylily and panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata, Zones 3–9) look great together, and both are durable, easy-to-grow plants.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThis bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 5–9) has unusual multicolored blooms, and looks like it might be the variety ‘Pistachio’.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsCarla’s new greenhouse is currently filled with very happy pepper plants, which enjoy the extra warmth and longer growing season a greenhouse provides.

Have a garden you’d like to share?

Have photos to share? We’d love to see your garden, a particular collection of plants you love, or a wonderful garden you had the chance to visit!

To submit, send 5-10 photos to [email protected] along with some information about the plants in the pictures and where you took the photos. We’d love to hear where you are located, how long you’ve been gardening, successes you are proud of, failures you learned from, hopes for the future, favorite plants, or funny stories from your garden.

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