Garden Photo of the Day

Details Make the Garden

Flowers and doggy helpers

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 rosasinensis ‘Mandarin Wind’, Zones 9–11). It is hard to beat tropical hibiscus for brilliant flowers!


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    treasuresmom 07/17/2019

    All very pretty & that gardening pal is sweet too.

  2. btucker9675 07/17/2019

    Lovely garden and Huey can come to my garden any time!!

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    meander_michaele 07/17/2019

    Had to smile at the featured orange daylily...yes, indeed, we all need a little 'Primal Scream' in our lives...nice to have it out in the garden and not living inside our psyche!
    You have a delightful garden, Peggy and it was nice to see more photos of it.

  4. cheryl_c 07/17/2019

    Peggy, I'm so pleased to see this second installment of your photos, because I totally missed the first one, and just went back to see those as well. I love your combinations, especially the salvia Black and Blue that you combined with a lovely daylily (in your May post), and your shade/caladium combination in this post. I added some calla lilies to my shade bed this year, and have not regretted that at all! Thanks so much for sharing your photos with us!

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    simplesue 07/18/2019

    I'm a day late dropping in, but I made it- very pretty combination of ground covers, contrasting and emphasizing each other. "Happiness" says it all! Very pretty, and love seeing the happy dog in the garden too.

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