Sharon Linville sent in these photos, which show a variety of different seasons in the garden.
The peppermint stick tulip (Tulipa clusiana, Zones 3–7) showing the red-and-white-striped flower buds that give it its common name. This is one of the many species of tulips that have a more delicate, graceful look in the garden than the typical large, hybrid tulips. Many species will perennialize and come back year after year more reliably than their hybrid cousins, particularly if they have lots of sun and are kept relatively dry during their summer dormancy.
Deep purple Siberian irises (Iris siberica, Zones 3–8). This looks like the classic variety ‘Caesar’s Brother’. There are many new hybrids of Siberian irises with new colors, bigger flowers, and all sorts of other bells and whistles, but this classic form is hard to beat for richness of color and for sheer vigor and performance in the garden.
Now that is a hosta! Bigger than the garden chair in front of it, it looks like the iconic supersize hosta ‘Sum and Substance’ (Zones 3–8). Hostas like this variety reach their maximum size in cooler climates and require some time in the garden to grow to their full size. If you have a new plant that isn’t yet as big as you would like, patience may be all you need.
A warm-hued border filled with easy-to-care-for perennials. A beautiful garden doesn’t have to be a lot of work. Sometimes the best approach is to try a lot of different plants, see which ones really love to grow in your conditions, and then just plant lots and lots of those varieties.
This is more of a warm-colored planting, with a big focus on hybrid coneflowers (Echinacea hybrids, Zones 4–9). When the first hybrid echinacea in shades of red, orange, and yellow came on the market, they had pretty flowers but didn’t last long in the garden. But newer breeding has focused more on making them reliable perennials, so if you tried them before and gave up, it might be time to give them another shot.
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