October 27, 2021

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Flowers from Clay

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My name is Beth O’Brien, and I live in a Zone 6b location in Fort Erie, Ontario. We purchased this new home five years ago, and the yard was a blank slate. It has been a constant learning experience to find plants that rabbits don’t eat, that are fairly drought tolerant, and that can grow in the hard clay soil. Amend, amend, amend.

I have been trying to achieve constant color throughout the growing season.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThe front garden in May with spring bulbs

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsIn June, blue salvia (Salvia nemorosa, Zones 3–8) takes center stage.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsIn July, the ‘Stargazer’ lilies (Lilium ‘Stargazer’, Zones 3–8) bloom in mass.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsAnother view of the front bed lined with ‘Stargazer’ lilies.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsIn August the dahlias are at their best, providing plenty of colors. I started them in April in a little greenhouse.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThis is a shade garden on the north side of a shed with a big clump of variegated Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra, Zones 5–9) in the middle.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsMonarchs compete for nectar on the blooms of a butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii, Zones 5–9).

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA favorite combination: asters (Stokesia laevis, Zones 5–9), coneflowers (Echinacea spp., Zones 4–9), and phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 4–8)

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsPetunia ‘Bees Knees’ (annual) are easy to maintain in boxes on our deck.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA group of coneflowers lasts well into the fall.

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