Today’s photos come from garden designer James Dillon.
The garden peaks in July, with blooms from native plants like Virginia Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum, Zones 3–8), blazingstar (Liatris spicata, Zones 3–9), purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–8), threadleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata, Zones 3–9), butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa, Zones 3–9), and swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata, Zones 3–8). The ‘Baby Joe’ Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum, Zones 2–9) blooms next, followed by ‘Iron Butterfly’ ironweed (Vernonia lettermanii ‘Iron Butterfly’, Zones 4–9), ‘Fireworks’ goldenrod (Solidago ‘Fireworks’, Zones 4–9), ‘Golden Fleece’ goldenrod (Solidago ‘Golden Fleece’, Zones 4–9), and ‘October Skies’ aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘October Skies’, Zones 5–8).
Grasses like ‘Heavy Metal’ and ‘Shenandoah’ switchgrass (Panicum virgatum, Zones 4–9) provide a long season of interest. I use ‘Winterthur’ viburnum (Viburnum nudum ‘Winterthur’, Zones 5–9) in a trio for seasonal interest and berries for birds.
The garden sits in a small park, and I enjoy seeing folks checking out the butterflies in the garden.
I hope you like the garden!
Yellow goldenrod and purple asters mix to create a late-season tapestry of color.
The garden manages to balance being a great habitat for butterflies and other wildlife with being a beautiful space for humans to enjoy as well.
Purple coneflowers dot the garden with the tall, white spires of Virginia Culver’s root behind.
Close-up of the purple coneflowers and Virginia Culver’s root
The big, pink flower heads of Joe Pye weed dominate the garden when they bloom. The cultivar ‘Baby Joe’ stays shorter than the normal species to fit better into smaller gardens.
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