Barbara Nuffer sent in today’s photos. She gardens in Rensselaer County in upstate New York, and her gardens include extensive perennial and vegetable plantings.
Barbara grew these hollyhocks (Alcea rosea, Zones 2–10) from seed last spring. They are the variety ‘Indian Spring’, which is a mix of various shades of pink. Careful staking has helped them stand tall through severe storms.
Clematis are best known for the large-flowered hybrids, but there is a lot of diversity in the genus, like this incredible rich purple Clematis ‘Rooguchi’ (Zones 4–8) which produces nodding, bell-shaped flowers.
Another unusual clematis, with graceful, almost tulip-like flowers.
A little bellflower (possibly Campanula carpatica, Zones 4–9, or a related species or hybrid) with blue flowers looking all the better for growing through a backdrop of a purple-leaved barberry (Berberis japonica, Zones 4–8).
A double-flower form of feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium, Zones 5–8). This plant gets its name from its traditional use as a medicinal herb, but this form is all about the beauty of the flowers.
The rusty foxglove (Digitalis ferruginea, Zones 4–8) has smaller flowers than more commonly grown species of foxgloves, but it produces them in great numbers, and each one is an intricately patterned work of art.
A shade garden planting, with big masses of Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, Zones 3–8) in the front, lighting up the space with elegant silver fronds.
The flower spikes of bear’s breeches (Acanthus mollis, Zones 6–10), which is a dependable perennial grown for both the dramatic flowers as well as the large, attractive leaves.
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