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Favorites in Francis’s Garden

Flowers, flowers, and more flowers!

garden with bright orange and red flowers

Today we’re visiting Francis’s garden in Hartsdale, New York.

light pink hibiscus with bright pink phloxMy hybrid hardy hibiscus (Zones 5–9) is a cross I made with the variety ‘Kopper King’. In front a phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 4–8) blooms as well.

close up of bright yellow flowersLigularia ‘Othello’ (Zones 3–8) has showy yellow flowers, as seen here, but is notable for its dramatic dark leaves.

close up of a monarch butterfly on joe pye weed flower‘Little Joe’ (Eutrochium dubium ‘Little Joe’, Zones 3–9) is a more compact version of Joe Pye weed, and the big heads of tiny flowers are very attractive to butterflies and other pollinators.

path cutting through a shade garden with lots of foliage plantsThe garden in May with new foliage out in peak lushness and beauty

In July, the phlox and hardy hibiscus showed off with colorful flowers.

garden with bright orange and red flowersButterfly weed (Asclepius tuberosus, Zones 5–9) is covered with bright orange flowers. Behind it, a tall stand of crocosmia (Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, Zones 5–9) adds intense red flowers to the mix.

close up of bright red crocosmia flowersNative to Africa, many varieties of crocosmia can be a little tender, but the cultivar ‘Lucifer’ is the most cold hardy and vigorous.


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  1. [email protected] 09/05/2023

    Beautiful garden, luv the Lucifer crocosmia.

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    simplesue 09/05/2023

    The photo "The garden in May with new foliage" is so serene and beautiful.
    So many pretty flowers for the pollinators, thats the most butterfly weed I've ever seen planted in a group- wow- its fabulous!, And you probably have hummingbirds too with the Lucifer Crocosmia!
    Really enjoyed seeing your garden!

  3. btucker9675 09/05/2023

    What a lovely garden and the color of the hibiscus cross you made is so pretty!

  4. jos29803 09/06/2023

    Lush and beautiful!!

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