Peggy Sheets, from Bay St. Louis in southern Mississippi, sent in a wonderful batch of photos back in May, and while we published some of them then, she had so many great images that we just didn’t have room for them all. We’re happy to be sharing more of her photos today, focusing on some of the little details that make her garden a special, joyous place.
Black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata, annual) is a great plant I’m surprised I don’t see in gardens more often, as it is very easy to grow, blooms all summer, and while vigorous, won’t get out of hand like some other annual vines. (Morning glories, I’m looking at you.)
A beautiful ground cover combo: bright gold creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’, Zones 3–9) and the bronze/brown leaves of bugleweed (Ajuga reptans, Zones 3–10). Both are adaptable to a wide range of climates and conditions, and the beautiful leaves outlast any flowers.
‘Contess de Bouchard’ large flowered clematis (Clematis ‘Contess de Bouchard’, Zones 4–11)
Peggy labeled this photo simply “Happiness.” Need we say more?
‘Primal Scream’ daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Primal Scream’ Zones 4–9). This is one of the best daylily varieties out there, producing massive quantities of enormous bright orange blooms. And ‘Primal Scream’ is a pretty great name too.
This is Huey, one of Peggy’s garden helpers. I’m not sure how much help he actually is, but he is very cute!
‘Pink Shira’ bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Pink Shira’, Zones 5–9). Remember that the flowers will shift toward blue in acidic soil, so add a little lime to raise the pH if you want pink hydrangeas.
If shade perennials like hostas and ferns don’t provide enough color for you, add a caladium! These bulbs are only hardy in Zones 9–11, but they can be used as annuals, or you can dig the bulbs and store them for the winter in colder zones. This one with the white leaves splashed with bright red veins is certainly a show-stopper!
‘Mandarin Wind’ hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa–sinensis ‘Mandarin Wind’, Zones 9–11). It is hard to beat tropical hibiscus for brilliant flowers!
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