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Hydrangeas, Roses, and More

Highlights of the June garden

Carla Zambelli Mudry, a frequent contributor to the GPOD (see, for example, here and here), is back, sharing some highlights of her June garden.

Happy June, Fine Gardening! There is lots in bloom in my garden in Malvern, Pennsylvania, so  I am sending you photos.

My hydrangeas are all getting ready to bloom, and some are already blooming. I have lots of different varieties, so I have a long blooming season with my hydrangeas. This makes me very happy because they are among my favorite summer plants.

A beautiful blue, lacecap-style hydrangea. Hydrangeas will, of course, produce the bluest flowers in acidic soils and pinker flowers in more alkaline soils. They need aluminum to produce the blue pigment, and in alkaline conditions aluminum binds tightly to the soil so that plants can’t absorb it. In more acidic soils, the aluminum is available for roots to take up and hydrangeas to use to make blue flowers.

A mophead-style hydrangea, complemented perfectly by the shrubs around it.

An oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia, Zones 5–9), with beautiful leaves and large, pyramidal flower heads.

Hydrangea paniculata (Zones 3–8) in bud, ready to keep the hydrangea season going longer.

The roses are going strong. This is my first red rose ever (David Austin’s Benjamin Britton), and I think it’s gorgeous!

Other roses are also blooming as well. This is my ‘Queen Elizabeth’ grandiflora rose.

Perennials such as Monarda (bee balm, Zones 3–9) are also starting to pop.

‘Stella D’Oro’ was the first daylily this year to open.

I love this pot on my front walk that has pansies, hot pink yarrow (Achillea millifolium, Zones 3–9), and red geraniums.


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    pattyeckels 07/02/2019

    lovely! lovely! lovely!I miss my PA gardens here in SC. The deer eat the hydrangeas here. lol

    1. katherine_8 07/02/2019

      Patty, I just noticed a post at the bottom of this page called "Plants the Deer Don’t Eat". I didn't read it but you might want to take a look (or do a search for it if it has shifted) :)

  2. katherine_8 07/02/2019

    Carla, I love your Hydrangeas, Roses, and More post!! You have a wonderful glorious garden with a woodland feel - which I love!! Congratulations!!

  3. btucker9675 07/02/2019

    Gorgeous and I am envious of your oakleaf hydrangea - I have never had good luck with one!

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    treasuresmom 07/02/2019

    Your hydrangeas are gorgeous!

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    meander_michaele 07/02/2019

    You certainly have lots of favorites growing beautifully in your garden, Carla. I've become quite a fan of many of the paniculate varieties of hydrangeas....from the larger ones like 'Limelight' and 'Vanilla Strawberry' to the modest sized 'Bobo'.
    Your photo of the Monarda is so looks like the star of a Dr. Seuss book.

  6. cheryl_c 07/02/2019

    Love your hydrangeas -and the patriotic red-white- and-blue in the photo of your mophead, variegated dogwood, and Japanese maple! It has been a fabulous spring for us, also. Never have the viburnums been more beautiful!

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    vanhatalosuomi 07/03/2019

    Thanks for sharing your garden photos. Always a treat to see what others are growing. I love hydrangeas too! :)

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    simplesue 07/03/2019

    Beautiful flower photos! So inspiring!

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      simplesue 07/03/2019

      ps...thanks for that easy to understand info on the Hydrangea soil and acid! I'm saving that!

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    ParksWesley 07/04/2019

    Thanks for sharing!

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