summer garden

As the daylilies bloom and the daisies fill in and the purple coneflowers keep coming, there is a lot of color in the summer garden.


purple coneflowers and Queen Anne's Lace

‘Paprika’ [GN]

'Paprika' [GN]

Everyone comments on the Russian Sage. It makes a beautiful airy splash of bluey-purple in the flower bed.

Russian Sage in the daylily bed

Russian Sage

‘In Depth’

'In Depth'

The hydrangeas are ready to pick for drying.

the hydrangeas are ready to pick for dried bouquets

The tiger lilies are beautiful right now.

tiger lily

The small bulbils on the lily stem can be planted for more tiger lilies.

tiger lily

Hydrangea ‘Little Lamb’ is a later blooming variety than our bigleaf hydrangeas.

Hydrangea 'Little Lamb'

This hibiscus blossom is about 12″ across. I can see it from the kitchen sink, in its spot way across the lawn, down the slope of the backyard.



Each individual daylily blossom is beautiful in its own way.

‘Swelling Anthem’

'Swelling Anthem'

‘Wineberry Candy’

'Wineberry Candy'

‘Touched by Grace’

'Touched by Grace'



‘Wayne Johnson’

'Wayne Johnson'

‘Two to Tango’

'Two to Tango'

‘Kathy Lynn’

'Kathy Lynn'

‘Jolly White Giant’

'Jolly White Giant'



You can visit other summer gardens at Bloomin’ Tuesday.



  1. Posted July 19, 2011 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    Your pictures are beautiful! I love all the variety of daylilies. Just gorgeous!!

  2. Posted July 19, 2011 at 4:17 am | Permalink


  3. Posted July 19, 2011 at 4:25 am | Permalink

    What a nice daylily assortment. I like russian sage, too. I have a couple planted in whiskey barrels as they don’t do well in my garden soil.

    Love the Tiger lilies, too.

  4. Posted July 19, 2011 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    What a riot of colour ! Your selection of daylilies are amazing , see a couple I will have to look for.

  5. Posted July 19, 2011 at 6:08 am | Permalink

    Your garden is full of gorgeous blooms right now! 🙂

  6. Caroline
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    What a gorgeous sight your garden is! How do you know when hydrangeas are ready to be picked and do you dry them upright or hanging upside down? Many thanks, Rhonda, as always!

  7. Carol Samsel
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    Stunning flowers!!!

  8. Posted July 19, 2011 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Your garden is amazing. So many gorgeous blooms! Your daylilies are incredible!

  9. Posted July 19, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, all, for your kind comments!

    Caroline, when the flower heads begin to show a little green, I pick them and put them in a vase with no water. Most will dry beautifully. It’s hit and miss. A few will shrivel. I throw those away. ~~Rhonda

  10. Posted July 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    I enjoyed your wonderful photos! It looks like your garden is at its peak. What an awesome assortment of blooms you have! I love them all!

    Your ‘Wayne Johnson’ looks like the ‘Wally’ I have. I try to not to have favorites, but I am very fond of ‘Wally’.

    Thanks for your comment on my Bloomin’ Tuesday post.

  11. Posted July 19, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    You have a lovely assortment of lilies. Love them. Two to Tango is gorgeous. Beautiful hibuscus. I know you enjoy the view while you are working in the kitchen. Have a nice day.

  12. Posted July 19, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    What beautiful flowers! They are georgous!

  13. Posted July 19, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    I love seeing closeups of your gorgeous lilies! They are so unique. The daisies and other blooms certainly add another dimension to the daylilies. Lovely! Jean

  14. Posted July 19, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Wow. The color in your pics is so vibrant. And the plants are beautiful.

  15. Posted July 20, 2011 at 6:26 am | Permalink

    Hi Rhonda! Thanks for “stopping by” my garden ;o) Your blooms are fabulous. Just gorgeous ~ as is your photography. Looks like you have a very colorful summer garden. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Oh, btw, thanks for the tip on my trumpet vine. I really wish I would have known more about the plant before I put it in years ago. Maybe I can work on training it into one central trunk and work on removing all the sucker growth from, well, everywhere! It’s really taking over. If you have any hints on better containing it’s suckers, I’d love your advice.

  16. Posted July 20, 2011 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Carla, here’s a good article about the trumpet vine and its suckers.

    It is hard to eradicate once you have it in the garden. If it is well away from flower beds, you can mow the suckers off. Otherwise, they have to be dug out. Not a fun job! We have one the keeps coming up on the garage. DH cuts it all the way back every year, so it never gets too big or invasive. I just mow off the suckers.


  17. Posted July 20, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    All your flowers are very nice! I love the Little Lamb hydrangea. And thanks for the tip about planting the bulbils on the lily stem. I guess i should have realized that; I’ve seen them but never planted them . This time I will.

  18. Posted July 20, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Deb, here is a picture of what the bulbils will look like when they sprout.

    Don’t wait too long after the plants flower to collect the bulbils. They fall from the plant quickly. Plant them in garden soil and water. They may sprout or remain dormant until next year. Be sure to mark where you placed them! 🙂


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