July in Carla’s Garden – FineGardening Leave a comment

Today we’re visiting Carla Z. Mudry in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Carla is sharing the profusion of flowers she enjoyed in her garden in July.

July means even more flowers! And I must admit that I am loving the flowers this year, even if everything is on its own weird schedule thanks to the weather. It’s all about daylilies and coneflowers and gaillardia, lilies, hydrangeas, crocosima, and more! Everything is growing with a crazy floral abandon, but it’s so pretty! Every day there is something different to look at, and I think that is part of the beauty of doing a cottage-style or layered garden. We have also had our fair share of sudden and very crazy rainstorms that have done some damage, but so far the garden is recovering nicely and blooming on.

close up of bright orange lilyA gorgeous lily (Lilium hybrid, Zones 4–9)

close up of red daylily with yellow centerEach bloom on this rich red daylily (Hemerocallis hybrid, Zones 4–9) lasts only one day, but they make up for it by producing so many flowers and thriving so effortlessly.

close up of bright red bee balmBee balm (Monarda didyma, Zones 4–8) is a wonderful native perennial with some of the brightest red flowers out there.

garden path being overgrown with colorful flowersThe garden path has almost disappeared in the abundance of summer blooms.

close up of speckled Iris domestica flowersThis little plant goes by many names (e.g., candy lily, belamcanda), but most botanists agree that it is actually a species of iris: Iris domestica (Zones 5–9). Like those of a daylily, the cheery flowers only last one day, but they are produced in huge numbers and are followed up by clusters of attractive shiny black seeds.

tree trunk carving with plants growing in frontCarla had an artist transform a dead tree in her garden into a beautiful sculpture. I love these foxes half-hidden behind plants.

close up of bright pink daylily with yellow centerThere are so many daylily varieties that you can find one to suit nearly any color scheme and taste.

lush garden bed with lots of foliage plants and some pink flowersLayer upon layer of plants keep this garden beautiful and full of interest.

garden bed under a tree with various foliage plantsContrasting colors and textures of foliage create a space that needs no flowers for beauty.

A bright daylily bloom is paired with the intense red of crocosmia (Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, Zones 5–9).

stone garden bench under a tree and in front of red flowersA shaded bench to sit and take it all in


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