The Asiatic Lilies are done and now the Tiger Lilies (lillium lancifolium) arejust coming into flower along with the day lilies. This is only the second year I’ve had these blooming in my perennial bed but I’ve found them to be very hardy. They are rated for zone 2. These plants do best at the back of the border as they are quite tall – about 4ft.x1ft.- and would look better in clumps. I think the only drawback to this plant is having to bend over to look up into the flowers!
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.
Here’s the first big bloom of June. This is from a store-bought peony I recently planted. Pretty and fragrant too! Peonies can grow quite large (3-4 ft. x 3-4 ft.) and will need the support of a peony ring if you wish to keep the huge flower heads upright. Some people like the sprawling effect. They bloom from early to mid-summer. Peonies can live for 20 or more years in the same spot! They don’t like being kept wet but are otherwise easy to grow. Planting is the key. Plant at the same level it was grown in the pot. Too high or too deep and it won’t grow.
This is one of my very favourite perennials – euphorbia (cushion spurge). It starts out with the bright yellow/green flowers seen below as it assumes its 2 ft. x 2ft. summer shape of a perfect half dome. Its perfect shape is an accent in your garden during the summer as it just stays green. Come later in the season each flower becomes speckled with yellow and orange buds. Soon the whole plant is afire in a lovely fall colour. It prefers a hot dry sunny spot.