Marion Taylor sent us photos earlier in the summer of her Zone 3 garden in Manitoba, Canada, and today we’re featuring what’s looking good in late summer. She says, “We have a short summer, but the growth is explosive when the warm weather arrives, with something new to see every day.”
I use petunias (Petunia × hybrida, annual) in the hanging baskets on the veranda. This is ‘Bubblegum Vista’. Behind it is Engleman ivy (aka Virginia creeper, Parthenocissus quinquefolia var. engelmanii, Zones 3–9), which covers the east wall of the house.
Gladiolus (Gladiolus hybrid, Zones 7–9 or as a tender bulb) are a major favorite, and one of the few things that get cut for bouquets.
My ‘Goodland’ apple tree has produced well year after year for twenty years now. The apples are nice to eat fresh but are absolutely delicious in baking.
This year the veranda rail planter held a petunia Crazytunia from the Galaxy series.
I had never grown zinnias before, and after our dog got into the bed where I had planted them, I figured they were destroyed. I put some lavender in, but then some zinnias came up. They almost got pulled as weeds. Thankfully, they didn’t.
An unplanned pot of leftover petunias and an extra canna worked out beautifully.
The Persian shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus, Zones 10–11 or as annual) and blue pansies (Viola × wittrockiana) have been a nice combination in the circular bed.
The Little Lime hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Little Lime’, Zones 3–9) is so lovely that I’ve had to get more hydrangeas.
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