Welcome to Lila Johnson’s garden in Mill Creek, Washington (north of Seattle). Here are photos of what was flowering in her garden in August.
An exquisite pure white Oriental lily, possibly the variety ‘Casa Blanca’ (Lilium ‘Casa Blanca’ Zones 5–8). It’s incredibly beautiful and incredibly fragrant.
Another Oriental lily, this one pink, blooms in front of a pale blue delphinium (Delphinium elatum, Zones 3–7). Oriental lilies have a fairly limited color range, mostly shades of pink and white, but they make up for it with one of the most intense fragrances in the garden.
Two variants on a coneflower: regular purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–8) at the top, and a double-flowered form at the bottom. Double versions of flowers pack a huge punch in the garden visually but are usually less popular with pollinators than the single versions, so mixing both in the garden ensures there is something for everyone, both human and insect.
Hydrangea flowers in front of a hardy fuchsia (Fuchsia hybrid). Though fuchsias are usually grown as annuals, there are quite a few varieties that are hardy in Zone 8, possibly even Zone 7 with careful siting. Be aware, however, that many of them struggle in hot weather, so do your research before purchasing a hardy fuchsia if you live in a climate with hot summers.
Lila purchased this Hosta ‘Curly Fries’ (Zones 3–9) in June from a local nursery because it looks so different from other hostas.
And here are flowers on Hosta ‘Curly Fries’, blooming on August 27. Many hostas have beautiful flowers, though the main focus is usually on their leaves.
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