It’s time for the June flower parade which, of course, includes our favorite daylilies. There are lots of other flowers blooming, but, in June, the daylilies always steal the show.
First up are the spiders and UF (Unusual Form) daylilies
There will be more UF daylilies as the season goes on.
In my garden, the June flower parade also has several hydrangeas working to get the most of the abundant sunshine. You know how much I love my H. aborescens ‘Annabelle’ hydrangeas, don’t you? If you want beautiful hydrangeas that are easy to grow in an Oklahoma garden, you need to pick the less finicky types–unless you have northern exposure and wet soil.
Hot summer garden
It’s really hot outside. I think we hit 99° yesterday. I’ve heard we’re going to get a cooldown on Sunday. I sure hope so. Dianthus japonicus isn’t a plant I often write about, but I like it a lot. Here, it is making nice symmetry on either side of my brick walkway. It’s a great spiller for containers too.
Verbena bonariensis, Brazilian verbena, is starting to do its thing too. I started seeds indoors so I would have plants wherever I wanted to put them.
Kitchen border and back garden
In the photo below, I’m standing in the middle of my backyard next to the kitchen border. The potager is at my back and my kitchen door is ahead on my right just outside of the frame. Agastache ‘Blue Fortune,’ larkspur, peachy pink ‘Cabana Anna’ daylily, and monarda are blooming in here. Wisteria frutescens ‘Amethyst Falls’ covers the arbor in the background. It’s our native wisteria.
The tiered borders below look a little empty because I removed all of the Rudbeckia fulgida sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’ out of these beds and planted other perennials. It will take three years for them to look full again, but the daylilies appreciate the room. Blackeyed Susans are fine flowers, but this area was too wet and caused ‘Goldsturm’ to spread from seed and underground runners without mercy.
More traditional daylilies in flower
Even though I’m late, I wrote this post for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, hosted each month by our friend, Carol J. Michel at May Dreams Gardens.
I also have a weekly podcast with Carol. You can listen to us wax philosophically about gardening at the link below.
Carol also created a new podcast newsletter through Substack that contains all of our show notes. It’s also the best way to subscribe to the podcast episode. Both are completely free.
That’s it for my June flower parade. I hope you enjoyed it. Happy gardening!