Sunday, July 28, 2013

Summer in the Border

While I try to pull together the next longer post, here is another picture from the Michigan garden, featuring once again the leopard lily (Belamcanda chinensis) as well as purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm'), and Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia).

I like the way the leopard lilies burst out over the black-eyed Susans; that might be an effect worth trying with other perennials

I think the color combinations worked out relatively well for being more or less accidental. Maybe I should plant some more leopard lilies; there is not currently much orange in the garden.


  1. The colour combination is good. The coneflowers are lovely.I have never been able to grow them here.

  2. You should definitely plant more leopard lilies, and they are really easy to grow from seed. I save seed from mine every year, and grow more by just pushing the seeds down into potting soil in 4-inch pots and leaving them out over the winter. Wait for the pods on your current plants to split, and then pull them off, separate each little black seed, and put them in a cool dry place till you're ready to use them. If you leave them, they will self-sow as well, and the babies are easy to move to other spots if you don't like where they're growing.

  3. Great photo today. The combination of colors is very good. Glad to have stopped by today. JC

  4. I love it! it's so happy and summery


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