Pink Gardens' Victorian planters are shaping up nicely this year. I've planted bright chartreuse sweet potato vine, pansies, vinca, spikes, petunias, mini dahlias, perilla, ferns and few things I've forgotten the names of, lol. Hopefully, there will be cascading foliage and tall flowers in these more than 100 year old, 4-feet tall, cast-iron planters. All photos clickable to enlarge, as always!
A lone Japanese iris in the background, framed by my pink Foxgloves.
My pink Foxgloves are more than 6-feet tall! Enlarged, you can see a white Foxglove in the shade garden in the background. I have Foxgloves in the shade and in the sun.
The white Foxglove has deep maroon markings inside each flower.
Sitting pretty in the sun . . . This is part of the condominium yard I pass by every day on my way to town.
A single perfect rose in this condominium complex.
One of my projects this year was to create this meandering path through my side shade garden. I transplanted almost everything this year, making this fun little walkway. I have day lilies, iris, lemon verbena, Queen Anne's Lace (wild carrots), Jack-in-the-Pulpits, Solomon's Seals, and many other plantings here. I've probably spent at least 60 hours this spring in this square garden.
My Solomon's Seals doing what they do best: elegantly bowing over with this cream flowers about to open. Each stem is about 4 feet tall, but they bend over in various ways creating a great flowing look to this shade garden.
Rose Campions are one of my favorite perennials. I have very few in my garden, but I grew up with clusters of them just like this property. This is one of my town's historic home museums.
A long-view of the campions. Their grayish green foliage contrasts perfectly with their bright magenta flowers.
The side shade garden is shaping up nicely this year, too. I've added a lot more ferns and hostas. There is a bed of purple perilla coming up all around everything, as a ground cover, and it contrasts beautifully with the greener foliage. Above, my late mother's granite-hewn bird bath. I bought this handmade rock garden feature for her on Mother's Day sometime in the 1980s.
Visible here is the perilla ground cover. I just caught the 10-minutes of direct sunlight this shade garden receives.