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Some areas of my garden are definitely suffering right now as we are in desperate need of rain. I love summer, but even I am tired of the heat this year. Months of mid- to upper-90s, not to mention the constant high humidity which puts the heat index well over a hundred most every day, and very little rain have taken a toll this summer but there are a few areas that I have managed to keep watered, including a lot of containers. (I’ll be rethinking just how many containers I have next year.) Click photos to enlarge.

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containers
^ A grouping of containers. Look how big the purple fountain grass is! I have it in a large container underplanted with silver dichondra. The other containers have annuals including verbena, marigolds, african daisy, angelina, bubble gum supertunias, dusty miller and black pearl pepper.

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flower beds and path
^ Flower bed above gazebo (Ignore the crispy sparse grass)

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more containers
^ More containers on the patio, including fuchsia,
coleus, petunias, wandering jew and impatiens.

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spring bulb bed with annuals
^ Spring bulb bed overplanted with annuals and containers, including elephant ears, dark purple alternanthera, red sunpatiens, red dragonwing begonias.

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persian shield plant
^ Gorgeous Persian Shield plant with impatiens in the secret garden. This one gets partial sun and the color is much more intense than the ones that get more sun in the patio and gazebo flower beds.

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agastache heatwaveAgastache Heatwave
^ Love this plant, except that it is almost SIX’ TALL! I am definitely going to have to cut this clump back earlier next year, or move it to another area. I had no idea it got this tall. I have it tied up after it flopped during a storm.

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patio bed and container  closeup of tiered container
^ Edge of patio and tiered container, includes perilla magilla, persian shield, impatiens, ferns, wandering jew.

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garden arch and creekside plantings  scarlet runner beans on arch
^ The garden arch on the bridge over the creek is new this year. I wanted something (besides morning glory) that would cover the arch quickly and planted scarlet runner beans here in early July. The vines have already covered the arch. Creekside plantings include profusion zinnias, begonias, torenia, marigolds, coneflowers and more.

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gazebo bed  black pearl peppers
^ Gazebo bed with varieaged caryopteris, black pearl peppers, dusty miller and marigolds. The black pearl peppers are ripening to a bright red now. I’ll have plenty of seeds this fall!

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creekside planting gazebo and slope bed perilla magilla
^ (L to R) Creekside planting with lantana and profusion zinnias, torenia, forget me nots, black eyed susans, daylilies – Another view of the gazebo and slope bed – Perilla Magilla, one plant fills a huge space

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crape myrtle tree blooming water feature hanging baskets
^ (L to R) Crape Myrtle still blooming – new small water feature bought on clearance recently, to be used in flower bed next year with seating area – hanging baskets of petunias and supertunias in the August heat

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How’s your garden doing during these hot days of August?

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I have a lot of garden areas here and lots of well-established flower beds in the front yard and around the house. These beds are all well-established with mostly perennials and I have to do very little to them other than watering during dry spells and deadheading. However, the one area that I do have a lot to do in and the one we’ve worked on the most this year is across the driveway where the yard meets the woods. This entire sloping section of land used to be nothing but trees and shrubs.

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Over the past few years, we have had many trees taken down and have slowly cleared more and more of it and now have quite a large area of flower beds, lawn, and a creek bed that goes through the middle of it. I have smaller flower beds planted alongside the creek and a new garden “entrance” here over a small bridge. This is also where the gazebo is, right at the edge of the woods, along with the “Stump Bed”, the “Slope Bed”, and the “Secret Garden” is also here (though not visible in these photos).

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Obviously, nothing is formal in our yard, there are no straight lines and everything is in the “cottage garden” style. (Meaning every bed is crammed full of plants with every color in the rainbow!) We use rocks as edging for everything because I like the look and we have so many of them. Everything is on a slope. We live in the mountains and there is very little flat land here! :) It’s far from being finished, and I’m sure I’ll be enlarging the existing beds and even adding more flower beds and borders eventually, but here are a few photos of the progress so far on just one side of the creek.

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gazebo
Gazebo and Coleus Bed

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new arch entrance over creek
New arch over bridge and creek into garden area

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spring bulb bed
This is part of my spring bulb bed. I mulched over it, added a few plants, and some containers for summer. This is to the right of the arch and bridge, the rocks are a natural outcropping.

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another view
Another angle of same view.

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left side
Left side of arch (sorry for the crooked camera angle)

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from gazebo side
From pathway behind gazebo.

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slope bed
The Slope Bed. The pathway goes through the secret garden (not visible), around the gazebo and slope bed and then into the woods. It eventually winds up and around the mountain and back down into our back yard on the opposite side of our property.

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There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything we want to do in our yard, but we try to do one small project at at time and eventually, we will connect them all and get the gardens the way we want them… I hope. :)

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