Today our good friend Carla Zambelli Mudry is welcoming us back to her garden in Malvern, Pennsylvania.
July means daylilies—lots and lots of daylilies! And sunflowers, hydrangeas, milkweed, echinacea, and more! My garden is even more alive with summer color, and I just had my first open garden day for my gardening group. That is something that can make us gardeners a little trepidatious. It is not easy to open your garden up like this, because you wonder if visitors will see what you see.
One of my favorite books is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. As a child, I read it over and over. It captured my imagination, and how could you not love the idea of a secret garden full of flora and fauna tucked away? Maybe on some strange level this garden I now have is my secret garden. After all, it was a feral garden when I first started with it. The old lady whose house we bought had grown ill and died. Her garden went untended except for the barest of maintenance. I unearthed garden beds slowly from under very overgrown conditions. It was an excavation of sorts, and this summer when I performed another great forsythia massacre, I discovered a giant elderberry (Sambucus) with a trunk as think as a tree trunk.
Now my porch is bare of plants that need to be planted, and it will be all about enjoying my garden and maintaining it until fall. Here in Pennsylvania we are also feverishly squashing every dreaded spotted lanternfly we come across. They are a really destructive pest, sadly.
July is for daylilies (Hemerocallis) . . .
. . . and sunflowers (Helianthus annuus, annual) . . .
. . . and more daylilies! This one is a double cream.
Oh, and how about even more daylilies?
This daylily’s dark shade of purple is almost black.
The pale lavender forms a delicate pattern on this daylily.
A crisp white daylily
It isn’t all about daylilies. Some coneflowers (Echinacea hybrid, Zones 4–9) are joining the show.
A little squirrel statue hides under a fern frond.
A Buddha statue meditates by some hostas.
This bird bath welcomes feathered friends to a lush woodland planting.
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