Today’s photos come from Joe Messina in Hobart, Indiana.
I’ve been gardening for approximately 25 years. Our home was destroyed by fire March 17, 2015. I basically had to start all over three years ago when we moved into our new home. It’s always a work in progress.
Looking through purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–8) reveals a magnificent smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens, Zones 3–9) in full flower on the other side of the garden. It is backed by a stand of orange daylilies (Hemerocallis fulva, Zones 3–9).
A raspberry-colored bee balm (Monarda, Zones 4–9) mingles with white goosenecked loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides, Zones 3–8). Both of these wonderful summer-blooming perennials are great, dependable performers. They also have a habit of spreading a little too aggressively, which makes them a great combination. They’re both vigorous enough to stand up to the other one!
This garden looks pretty amazing for being only about three years old.
A lovely blue bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 5–9). Remember that the colors of these hydrangeas is determined partly by the variety and partly by the soil in which they grow. Acidic soils promote the bluest flowers, while basic soils promote pink blooms. (Here is our guide to getting the most from your hydrangeas.)
A wide range of perennials ensures a long season of diverse interest in this bed.
In one last view, this garden is full of flowers to lure pollinators and gardeners alike.
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