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Garden Photo of the Day

The Flowers of August

High summer in the Pacific Northwest

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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    meander_michaele 09/02/2019

    You have some super pleasing combos in your garden, Lila and have photographed them at their prettiest. I love how the hint of pink in the hydrangea bloom is such a lovely color echo for the deep pink of the fuchsia. And equally appealing is the interesting difference of leaf shapes with 'Curly Fries' and the larger more common hosta.

  2. user-7525974 09/02/2019

    Your flowers are beautiful! I envy your climate this time of year when we gardeners and our plants in Texas are struggling through a long hot summer. I am enthralled by the Curly Fries and will add it to my list.

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    treasuresmom 09/02/2019

    Everything is beautiful. So nice to see those lilies. Mine are long finished here in the deep south.

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    SimpleSue 09/02/2019

    I'm inspired! I was curious about the Hardy Fuchsia, is it actually red, and only appears pinkish in the photo? I have a Hardy Fuchsia that is red, with purple inside. Please let me know, and share details, I love that color!
    Also I recently began growing Delphiniums, so amazing that yours is still blooming, I hope once I establish mine it will too in zone 6b.
    Love your plants/flowers, thanks for sharing the beauty and inspiration!

    1. JohnsonofMillCreek 09/02/2019

      Simple Sue, we have a lot of hardy fuchsias in our garden and of course the hummingbirds love them. I don't know the names of any of them, but, yes the one pictured is true to color. We've even got one that's a very pale pink. In our climate in the Pacific NW, they like some sun and in fact they seem to prefer a fair amount of it. I have a couple in shady locations and they don't seem to do as well. Thank you for the compliments. We love and enjoy our garden.

    2. JohnsonofMillCreek 09/02/2019

      Simple Sue, I forgot to mention, the Delphiniums bloom here in June-late June. I cut mine back after that initial blooming and they bloomed a second time. Not as vigorously, but as you saw, they were blooming in August. Thank you! Happy Gardening!

  5. cheryl_c 09/02/2019

    Thank you for these beautiful pictures and pleasing combinations of flower/foliage forms. I especially appreciated the comments on the attributes of the Oriental lilies, of the preferences of pollinators on echinacea, and on the variable hardiness of fuschia, based on summer heat verses winter cold. Very helpful!

  6. maryannborcherding 09/02/2019

    Two of my favorite flowers in my garden, Oreintal Lilies and Hardy Fuchsia. I have many varieties in my zone 8 garden in Vancouver WA. Thanks for sharing. A great lavender/purple oriental is Tiger Woods and here are some dynamic reds! Holland Beauty and Silk Road are great too.

  7. geeth 09/17/2019

    Thanks for sharing the knowledge of every month has different flowers.i would like to know the flower of october . and i want to get that to place my new apartments in Calicut.

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