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I (finally) decided to add some photos of my garden this year. :) The first is a photo of the creek bed. (Click any photo to enlarge) This is a large flower bed at about 64 feet long and averaging 12 feet wide, filled with a mix of shrubs, annuals, and perennials and a patio near one end (photo taken at a distance to get a wider shot):

creek bed
Creek Bed

Stump Bed

I always grow a lot of mixed coleus in this flower bed, along with hostas, coneflowers and more. We moved the purple obelisk to the top of the giant stump in this bed this year also, and I’m growing Gloriosa Lilies on it:

stump bed with coleusStump Bed

obelisk and gloriosa liliesGloriosa Lilies

stump bed with coleus, salvia, mixedColeus, salvia, mixed

Trail Bed

trail flower bedTrail Bed – with hostas, Japanese Forest Grass, fountain grass, iris, melampodium, salvia, dusty miller

melampodium 'Showstar' fountain grass and melampodium
trail bed pathway
Pathway and flower beds

Gazebo / Yard

gazebo and bedsWider view of gazebo and beds

gazebo and slope bed wider view of gazebo beds

Lamp Post and Front Bed

The Red Abyssinian Banana, Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’, survived being stored all winter and we brought it out in April, potted the crown in fresh soil and it quickly started growing. (We cut the tree down after the first frost last year, stuck it in a bucket and it was stored in a basement all winter with no attention whatsoever!) It’s more than 7′ tall now and thriving in the front flower bed. This long narrow bed also has a mix of perennials and annuals, and is in the front yard along with the lamp post bed. The lamp post bed has Cheyenne Spirit Coneflowers, Celosia ‘Fresh Look’, and an awesome annual I grew from seed, ‘Park’s Whopper’ Salvia. I grew two flats of this plant and will probably have even more next year, I like it that much. It’s fiery red, much taller than other annual salvias, and is sturdy enough to not have to be staked. I have it all over my beds this year.

Red Abyssinian BananaRed Banana Tree

salvia in lamp post bed helenium, angelonia, pentas
coneflowers and salvia lamp post and front steps area

Creek Bed

back of creek bed, mixedBack side of creek bed, with cleome, salvia, sunpatiens, heuchera, oxalis, melampodium.

creek bed mixed mixed planting
Color Guard Yucca, salvia, coneflowers sunpatiens and heuchera
salvia, zinnias, mixed hydrangeas

Containers

veronicaVeronica in a container, fountain grass, petunias

container zinnias, etcZahara Zinnias, Melampodium ‘Showstar’, Creeping Jenny, mixed containers

container annualsHeliotrope and Dusty Miller

containers with coleus, torenia, heliotrope torenia in a hanging pot

mixed pots on side patio bubblegum supertunias

Misc.

creek bed mixCleome, perennial ageratum, japanese iris foliage, Pennisetum ‘First Knight’, celosia, salvia

patio and flower bedsPatio with mixed plantings (a work in progress), begonias, dusty miller, ornamental grasses, ‘Bobo’ hydrangea

caladium, shamrocks, heuchera, mixed sunpatiens, dusty miller
zinnias and veronica in creek bed mixed in creek bed

Whew, that was a lot of photos. :) Happy Gardening!

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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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Hyacinth Bean ‘Ruby Moon’ (Lablab purpureus) – This is the vine I used to cover one of my arches this year, and I’ll definitely grow it again. Right now, it’s covered in purple flowers and dark purple pods. I even like the foliage of this vine (and, it’s drought tolerant!).

Hyacinth Bean flowers
Flowers

Hyacinth Bean pods
Purple Pods

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Just a few of the many butterflies in my garden this summer. The rare female Diana Fritillary (last photo, bottom right) showed up earlier than usual this year, I started seeing her around the end of August. The orange and brown male Diana Fritillary was here by early August. Click to enlarge.

butterflies

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