Asiatic Lilies

These lilies were listed as the ‘Stargazer’ ones. However the ones of that name that I was expecting are a lighter, brighter pink and white and are quite fragrant. On the plus side, these lilies are very hardy, grow easily and will multiply.

 

Hansa Shrub Rose

The ‘Hansa’ is one of the earlier modern hardy shrub roses. I’m convinced this rose is one of the hardest to kill!  It grows 3′-5′ tall and wide, has deep pink/fuschia double-petal flowers, a semi-strong ‘rose’ fragrance and flowers steadily from mid-June until fall. It tolerates a variety of soils and conditions. A very good beginner’s rose.

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Maltese Cross

 

I’m happy I decided to give this plant – Maltese Cross (campion, latin ‘lychnis’) – a try in my big sunny perennial bed. It takes the cold, it blooms from late spring ’til August, it’s a brilliant jewel-tone red and it handles conditions of wet and drought fairly well. It grows 2-3 feet tall but only about 6 inches wide and would look best in group plantings in the middle to back of a border.

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The Shrub Bed

     I neglected this shrub bed for many years, only weedwacking it clear of weeds every once in a while. Last summer I bought a new riding lawn mower which did not mulch. Then I had to buy some sort of grass collector and opted for a lawn sweeper. Now armed with an abundant supply of grass clippings for mulch I tackled the shrub bed. Gardening work is  never done but the bed certainly looks better and has been much easier to care for.

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