When Summer dwindles, ornemental grasses steal the show! This sunny and fairly dry flowerbed includes Miscanthus variegata (back left), M. Huron Sunrise, calamagrostis Karl Foerster, miscanthus Purpurescens with yucca, crocosmia, russiam sage, phloz, irises, butterfly weed, sedums, etc.

When Summer dwindles, ornemental grasses steal the show! This sunny and fairly dry flowerbed includes Miscanthus variegata (back left), M. Huron Sunrise, calamagrostis Karl Foerster, miscanthus Purpurescens with yucca, crocosmia, russiam sage, phloz, irises, butterfly weed, sedums, etc.

I love June!!!!  Dry flowerbed by the laneway: iris Orange Harvest, dianthus deltoides Briliant and dianthus Firewitch, penstemon hirsutus, sedum acre, sedum Angelina, scabiosa Butterfly Blue, etc.

I love June!!!! Dry flowerbed by the laneway: iris Orange Harvest, dianthus deltoides Briliant and dianthus Firewitch, penstemon hirsutus, sedum acre, sedum Angelina, scabiosa Butterfly Blue, etc.

Dance, Ballerina, Dance!  Orange lily flowering tulip Ballerina with aubrieta. The hot pink tulip is Barcelona, also a very reliable performer.

Orange lily flowering tulip Ballerina with aubrieta. The hot pink tulip is Barcelona, also a very reliable performer.

June (again!): paeonia Sword Dance, rosa Cinco de Mayo, gaillardia, penstemon (pink form), sedum, dianthus and grasses

June (again!): paeonia Sword Dance, rosa Cinco de Mayo, gaillardia, penstemon (pink form), sedum, dianthus and grasses

Let's spike it up!  Allium Christophii, Crocosmia. yucca, salvia  nemorosa, phlomis tuberosa, cottinus Golden Spirit, hemerocallis, penstemon and sedum Angelina

Let's spike it up! Allium Christophii, Crocosmia. yucca, salvia nemorosa, phlomis tuberosa, cottinus Golden Spirit, hemerocallis, penstemon and sedum Angelina

Cool shades in the shade: Berberis seedling surrounded by ajuga Chocolate Chip, iris cristata and Japanese maple.

Cool shades in the shade: Berberis seedling surrounded by ajuga Chocolate Chip, iris cristata and Japanese maple.

Fresh colors of June: sedum acre, sedum Angelina, dianthus Firewitch, penstemon Hirsutus and a very blue volunteer seedling of  iris Sibirica.

Fresh colors of June: sedum acre, sedum Angelina, dianthus Firewitch, penstemon Hirsutus and a very blue volunteer seedling of iris Sibirica.

Dry and sunny flower bed, early June. Baptisia australis, yucca "Golden Sword", Crocosmia "Lucifer" (leaves only). weigela "Wine and Roses", aubrieta (ground cover with pink flowers. Good drought resistance. Easy care!

Dry and sunny flower bed, early June. Baptisia australis, yucca "Golden Sword", Crocosmia "Lucifer" (leaves only). weigela "Wine and Roses", aubrieta (ground cover with pink flowers.

Front flower bed in June / plate-bande avant en juin  ( salvia superba, cottinus Golden Spirit, Berberis Rose Glow, allium christophii, wild daisies, phlomis tuberosa, etc.)

Front flower bed in June / plate-bande avant en juin ( salvia superba, cottinus Golden Spirit, Berberis Rose Glow, allium christophii, wild daisies, phlomis tuberosa, etc.)

Front flower bed in June / plate-bande avant en juin  ( salvia superba, cottinus Golden Spirit, Berberis Rose Glow, allium christophii, wild daisies, phlomis tuberosa, etc.)

Front flower bed in June / plate-bande avant en juin ( salvia superba, cottinus Golden Spirit, Berberis Rose Glow, allium christophii, wild daisies, phlomis tuberosa, etc.)

Spiky!!!  The bue flower in the foreground is verbena stricta, a drought tolerant native beloved by butterflies and which reseeds generously.

The bue flower in the foreground is verbena stricta, a drought tolerant native beloved by butterflies and which reseeds generously.

Nice association in dryish shade: Hydrangea serrata Blue Ice, hosta Golden Tiara, heuchera villosa purple form (easy from seed)  and heucherella Royal Tapestry.

Nice association in dryish shade: Hydrangea serrata Blue Ice, hosta Golden Tiara, heuchera villosa purple form (easy from seed) and heucherella Royal Tapestry.

Harmony in green, chartreuse and purple: allium Christophii (front, center), Oriental Poppy Ruffled Patty (back) and Oriental Poppy Patty's Plum (right, in front of Berberis) strutt their stuff in mid Spring, while yucca Golden Sword, Cottinus Golden Spirit and sedum provide contrast and brightness.

Harmony in green, chartreuse and purple: allium Christophii (front, center), Oriental Poppy Ruffled Patty (back) and Oriental Poppy Patty's Plum (right, in front of Berberis) strutt their stuff in mid Spring, while yucca Golden Sword, Cottinus Golden Spirit and sedum provide contrast and brightness.

Huge, long lasting and beautiful!!!!  This red tulip has been coming back in my garden for years, still going strong. Given it's perennial nature, I suspect a Darwin hybrid, but the named red Darwin hybrids I bought were always slightly different.  I wish I could identify it because I would order a lot more of those!!!!!

Huge, long lasting and beautiful!!!! This red tulip has been coming back in my garden for years, still going strong. Given it's perennial nature, I suspect a Darwin hybrid, but the named red Darwin hybrids I bought were always slightly different. I wish I could identify it because I would order a lot more of those!!!!!

Hydrangea Romance. Cool mix of colors due to unstable PH. I try to make it more acid to get the blue flowers, but the lime stones everywere make it challenging...

Cool mix of colors due to unstable PH. I try to make it more acid to get the blue flowers, but the lime stones everywere make it challenging.

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