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2014 Garden

My garden survived the polar vortex winter! :) Some photos from this spring and summer (you can click on any of these photos to view larger):

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garden and gazebo
Garden beds and gazebo

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coleus bed
coleus bed

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Matchsticks Mums

This perennial chrysanthemum is blooming in my garden right now. ‘Matchsticks’ is well-named, the tip of each quilled yellow petal is orange-red and looks like a wooden matchstick. I didn’t pinch this mum back this year and it’s about thirty inches tall now and is just past peak bloom. I think this is one of the prettiest mums I’ve seen. Click to enlarge photos.

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Matchsticks Mum Flower

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matchsticks mums

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matchsticks mums
Chrysanthemum ‘Matchsticks’

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End of Summer Garden

Here’s a bunch of garden photos I’ve meant to post over the past few weeks, click any photo to start. (There are links to “view full” size on individual photo pages, at bottom right of each photo under “Comment” and “Reblog”.)

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Pennisetum First Knight

I was so excited this past spring to find out about a new black grass, Pennisetum ‘First Knight’ (Napier Grass), supposedly (maybe) hardy to Zone 7! I bought this plant online as a four-inch pot in May, and as you can see from the photos below, it has grown HUGE this summer, and is right about five feet tall in my garden now. I love this gorgeous plant so much that I purchased three more of them.

This upright plant is the darkest colored grass I’ve seen, and grows about four and a half to five feet tall in mostly full sun. It’s supposed to do well even in part shade, needs well-drained soil, and is hardy in Zones 7-11. I’m really hoping these plants will return next spring, and I’ll probably mulch over the roots with a few pine branches after the frost takes them down in late fall, just to protect them a little. Even if they don’t prove hardy here in my Zone 7a garden, I’ll definitely buy this plant again next year. Click on any photo to view larger.

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Pennisetum ‘First Knight’

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