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Midsummer in Carla’s Garden

Lilies, coneflowers, and more

bright red daylily and a panicle hydrangea

We’re off to Malvern, Pennsylvania, with Carla Z. Mudry today.

Midsummer has hit my garden, and I am in love with the riot of texture, colors, and scent. It is a dizzying array and so soul-satisfying to me. The summer colors are amazing, and it makes all of the digging, weeding, planting, and trimming worth it just to look around at what is growing!

I also now have a greenhouse. My new greenhouse is full of chili peppers I grew from seed. I love it. It’s just a small one, but it’s the perfect size for me to play in!

white double flowered coneflowerPurple coneflowers (Echinacea hybrids, Zones 5–9) have come a long way in recent years, and this beautiful white, double-flowered form is just stunning. It looks like it might be the variety ‘Milkshake’.

Echinacea purpureaBut good old-fashioned Echinacea purpurea (Zones 3–9) is always pretty great too, and much loved by a wide range of pollinators.

dense planting of mixed dayliliesCarla’s summer garden is a riot of color, with many daylily (Hemerocallis, Zones 4–10) varieties taking center stage.

lavender daylilyLiterally thousands of new daylily hybrids are introduced each year, in an ever expanding range of colors and patterns. This soft lavender is particularly beautiful.

daylily with light orange ruffled flowersSome daylily lovers like full, round, ruffled flowers.

soft pink and yellow star-shaped daylilyYou can also find daylily varieties with longer, smoother petals for a star-shaped bloom. Carla enjoys the full range of daylily diversity.

white oriental lily with purple coneflowerTrue lilies are often a little fussier than their daylily relatives, but their individual blooms last longer, and many, like this Oriental lily (Lilium hybrid, Oriental group, Zones 5–9), boast a powerful fragrance.

bright red daylily and a panicle hydrangeaThis bright red daylily and panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata, Zones 3–9) look great together, and both are durable, easy-to-grow plants.

bigleaf hydrangea with multicolored bloomsThis bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 5–9) has unusual multicolored blooms, and looks like it might be the variety ‘Pistachio’.

greenhouse full of pepper plantsCarla’s new greenhouse is currently filled with very happy pepper plants, which enjoy the extra warmth and longer growing season a greenhouse provides.


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  1. gardendevas 07/22/2021

    Gorgeous flowers! And I am covetous of that greenhouse…

  2. Rebeccazone7 07/22/2021

    The day lilies are gorgeous and I also love them. This year the construction around me has caused the deer to change path a little. I actually got to enjoy some day lilies before a resident ground hog did his thing. Cone flowers are a go to as they are pretty much indestructible. I enjoy green houses vicariously and have not given up...thanks for showing yours.

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    treasuresmom 07/22/2021

    If you type Carla's name in the search bar, you can find some other submissions of hers. As usual, everything is lovely.

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    simplesue 07/22/2021

    Ha ha... "Hippies Use Side Door", I wish there were still some around.
    Love the flower photos and the greenhouse!
    If you know the name of your pale lavender Day Lily please let me know! Just the shade I wanted (and didn't get when I ordered).

  5. btucker9675 07/22/2021

    Beautiful colors and textures - a very happy place!

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    bdowen 07/22/2021

    What a happy looking garden! My favorite is the red and yellow daylily, especially in contrast with the white hydrangea and background of green leaves.

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