This month Agapanthus and Shasta daisies are taking command of the garden.
|I inherited dozens of clumps of no-name Agapanthus with the garden. This dark blue variety sits below the mimosa tree.|
|These clumps of a lighter blue variety sit in the same border. There are also white Agapanthus here and there, as well as dwarf varieties.|
|Shasta daisies, Leucanthemum x superbum, add sparkle throughout the garden. This noID ruffled variety is my favorite but I have some shorter varieties with single petals too.|
In sheer numbers, Agapanthus and Leucanthemum flowers dominate in both the back and front gardens but the yellow yarrow is still an attention-grabber in the back garden.
|Achillea 'Moonshine', shown here with a couple of spikes for Salvia 'Mystic Spires' among the blooms|
Leonotis leonurus (aka lion's tail) is also demanding attention.
|The plant in the background came with the garden and struggled throughout our drought. I cut it back hard during the winter and it roared back to life following our heavier-than-usual winter rain. The plant in the foreground was added in the fall.|
The strong yellow and orange hues of the Achillea and Leonotis are echoed in other plants.
|Anigozanthos 'Yellow Gem'|
|Crassula pubescens subsp. radicans with yellow flowers on foliage developing its red summer color|
|Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun', shown with Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow' (left) and Gaillardia aristata 'Gallo Peach' (right)|
The white color of the Shasta daisies is picked up by the smaller daisy flowers of Tanacetum niveum scattered about.
|Tanacetum niveum surrounded by thyme, a golden ornamental oregano, Gazanias, and Eustoma grandiflorum, which seem stubbornly reluctant to bloom|
With a few exceptions, flower color is generally softer in the front garden, which is also peppered with Agapanthus, Leucanthemum and Tanacetum.
|Abelia x grandiflora 'Edward Goucher'|
|Centaurea 'Silver Feathers'|
|Rosa 'Pink Meidiland', shown here with Cuphea ignea 'Starfire Pink'|
|Leptospermum 'Copper Glow', producing a larger number of dime-sized flowers than it's ever had before|
The strongest color in the front garden has been provided by Hemerocallis 'Spanish Harlem', which began blooming just a day or two after May's Bloom Day post. The flush is nearly over.
|None of the 5 clumps of 'Spanish Harlem' produced more than 2 flowers in any one day|
|These poppies, Romneya coulteri, move on their tall stems with the slightest breeze, making them very difficult to photograph|
Scattered about, the floral workhorses of my garden, Gazanias, Grevilleas and Osteospermums, continue to produce a nearly endless supply of flowers.
|These are just a few examples of the range of Gazania hybrids currently in bloom. The beautiful pink and white flower on the left and the near-white one to its right are both volunteers.|
|Clockwise from the left are Grevillea 'Ned Kelly', G. 'Superb', G. alpina x rosmarinifolia, and G. 'Peaches & Cream'|
|Clockwise from the left are Osteospermum '4D Silver', O. '4D Purple', O. 'Berry White' (or its progeny), and O. 'Sweet Summertime Kardinal'|
Am I done? Well, no. There are also blooms of many varieties present in smaller quantities as shown in these collages:
|Clockwise from the upper left: Arthropodium cirratum, Alstroemeria 'Claire', Digitalis purpurea 'Alba', Lagurus ovatus, Pandorea jasminoides, and Pennisetum orientale|
|Clockwise from the left: Tagetes lemmonii, Cotula 'Tiffendell Gold', Hemerocallis 'Double Impact', Jacobaea maritima, and Lonicera japonica|
|Top row: Bignonia capreolata, Bulbine 'Hallmark', and Cotyledon orbiculata|
Middle row: Cuphea 'Vermillionaire', Lantana camara 'Irene', and Lobelia laxiflora
Bottom row: Pelargonium 'Tweedle Dee', Russelia 'Flamingo Park', and Rosa 'Joseph's Coat'
|Clockwise from the upper left: Lotus berthelotii 'Amazon Sunset', Arctotis 'Pink Sugar', Gomphrena 'Itsy Bitsy', Pelargonium peltatum, Rosa 'Ebb Tide', Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy', Salvia lanceolata, and Viola 'Pandora's Box'|
Finally, barring another horrific heatwave of the type that struck on the first official day of summer last year, here's a peek at what's coming up in July:
|Clockwise from the left: Albizia julibrissin, Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer', Hemerocallis 'Sammy Russell', Thymus serphyllum, and Zinnia 'Whirligig'|
That's my round-up for the month of June. Thank you for hanging on through the end. For more June Bloom Day posts, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
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