Today we’re in Sweaburg, Ontario, Canada, visiting the beautiful garden of Alice Fleurkens. She’s shared pictures of her garden before; if you want to see more, check out these previous posts: Good Friends Make a Great Garden and Fall to Winter.
An amazing amaranthus (Amaranthus tricolor, annual). Alice had trouble finding this plant for sale in the spring, but the ones she has found are looking pretty great. The leaves of this plant can actually be eaten as a green vegetable, but it is nearly too beautiful to do so.
Not all of the amaranthus plants got as tall, but they are pretty colorful nonetheless.
The little lemon yellow flowers are threadleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata, Zones 3–9). The yellow-foliaged shrub next to them is a spirea (Spiraea japonica, Zones 4–8) that has been trimmed after flowering and is just about to flower again.
These blue salvias (Salvia farinacea) are one of Alice’s favorite annuals, and they have done very well in the garden this summer depending on the location and how much water they got. This summer has brought two months of extreme heat and hardly any rain, so they have been watered every day.
Blue flossflower (Ageratum, annual) echoes the color of the blue salvia through the garden bed.
Colorful foliage from dusty miller (Jacobaea maritima, Zones 8–10 or as annual), ornamental kale (Brassica oleracea, annual), spirea, and ornamental grass (Pennisetum setaceum, Zones 9–10 or as annual) steal the show in this corner of the garden.
A tall panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata, Zones 3–7) blooms white, though it will blush red later in the season. Masses of blue salvia bloom in front (above and below).
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