Garden Photo of the Day

Summer Favorites in PA

By: Kim Charles

Early to midsummer blooms abound in Dana's south central, PA garden.

"Here are photos of my late spring and summer flowers (zone 6), that include roses, stellodoros, butterfly weed, mini hollyhocks, peonie bushes, dusty miller and more."

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  1. user-7008787 08/02/2017

    Beautiful creation! I especially love the hydrangeas!

    1. user-6896190 08/03/2017

      Thank you

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    meander_michaele 08/02/2017

    What a pretty pop of yellow coming off that prickly looking cactus...not necessarily what I'd expect to see in a PA garden. And, then to have it followed by the photo of that particularly beautiful hydrangea...I join Diane in wanting to know the name of the variety. I just love its white edging.
    Everything looks great, Dana, thanks for sharing.

    1. user-6896190 08/03/2017

      Thank you. Yes the cactus gets winter burn but I leave it as is, In the spring it comes right back. The hydrangea is 'Bavaria".

  3. user-4691082 08/02/2017

    You got your cactus to bloom! Very cool. Your garden is another pollinators paradise. That sounds like a rap song...! It's so vibrant and healthy! Thanks for sharing!

    1. user-6896190 08/03/2017

      Thank you.

  4. deb_holt 08/02/2017

    So pretty. Love the combination of bold colors in the first photo. The hydrangea is so lovely with the white edge!

    1. user-6896190 08/03/2017

      Thank you

  5. sheila_schultz 08/02/2017

    You had me with the first photo, I really like the combination of the hot colors with your roses, gaillardia's and asclepia's! It's quite the pollinator draw!

    1. user-6896190 08/03/2017

      Thank you. When I plant I put them anywhere there is room. My husband says it is a jungle. I say Yep that's the way I like it too. lol

      1. sheila_schultz 08/04/2017

        You are my kind of gardener! My gardens in CO were for my pleasure. I planted what made me happy and if anyone else liked them it was icing on my cake!!! Call me selfish? I called me a very happy gardener!

  6. grannieannie1 08/02/2017

    What is your secret for growing such exuberant asclepia? Mine get full sun but never look like yours. Love your hot colors. And the pretty hydrangea.

    1. user-6896190 08/03/2017

      The butterfly weed is actually a few yrs old. It gets bigger every year. I also have some staglers growing. I just make sure it has plenty of root space. Compost compost compost too

  7. Sunshine111 08/02/2017

    So pretty! Photo number two is my favorite! Thank you for sharing !

    1. user-6896190 08/03/2017

      Thank you.

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    LindaonWhidbey 08/02/2017

    Beautiful, Dana. Your garden looks so lush and summery. Is your hydrangea with the white edges 'Frau Reiko' ? Prickly pear in PA is rather unexpected and you got it to flower. Great garden.

    1. user-6896190 08/03/2017

      Hydrangea name is 'Bavaria". Thank you for your reply. Yes the cactus in bloom. how about that? sometimes it blooms sometimes not.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 08/02/2017

    Nice colors. That's a grand clump of Asclepias tuberosa!

    1. user-6896190 08/03/2017

      Thank you

  10. user-7007059 08/02/2017

    Your Asclepius looks so healthy! Mine is a small, sorry wilty thing. The butterflies and hummingbirds must be very happy in your garden!

    1. user-6896190 08/03/2017

      Thank you. Butterflies and hummingbirds are very happy.

  11. user-6536305 08/02/2017

    Love the hot color especially the butterfly on asclepias. Especially love the pink rose and clematis combination. Also like to know if the hydrangea with the white edges 'Frau Reiko' as defined by Linda? Thanks for sharing.

    1. user-6896190 08/03/2017

      Thank you. The hydrangea name is 'Bavaria". The tag shows a purple/blue color flower but my soil is not amended to make them turn. I just squeezed that pink rose in and I have to say it has done well.

  12. user-7007498 08/02/2017

    Love your photos, Dana. The gaillardia is quite striking. I am also quite impressed by your stand of asclepias. Mine grows so loose, intermingling with all its neighbors. What a great year for hydrangeas in PA. They are blooming like crazy. Yours look great. Where do you garden? I am in Harrisburg. Thanks for sharing your garden with us.

    1. user-6896190 08/03/2017

      Yes it has been a very good year for hydrangeas. The butterfly weed has been growing for a few yrs now but I also have some straglers growing. I live in northern Franklin county. Near Fannettsburg PA.

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    treasuresmom 08/03/2017

    So much color everywhere. Beautiful!

    1. user-6896190 08/03/2017

      Thank you

  14. JoannaAtGinghamGardens 08/03/2017

    So beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  15. user-6896190 08/03/2017

    Thank you everyone for the comments. I really enjoy my flowers. We have had so much rain this year it has been so good for my plants. The hydrangea with the white tips on the flower is called 'Bavaria". It is easy to grow as long as it gets enough water. Lots of compost is used on my flowers and veg gardens. Thank you.

  16. user-6896190 08/03/2017

    Sorry it has taken me so long to reply. It didn't like my password I had. Anyhow You don't know how much it means to me to read all the comments. I have been here at this house for 14 yrs. When we moved in there was only Peony bushes in front of the house. Which are beautiful when in bloom. Gradually i have been adding and making new flower beds. I think i am done making new beds, Oh wait.. maybe not lol. Ask away.

  17. user-6896190 08/03/2017

    Thank you. Those little hollyhocks grow crazy here. The name of the hydrangea is 'Bavaria".

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