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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