Hello friends, come along and let’s take Another Stroll Through Gingham Gardens. If you missed the first stroll post, you can stroll here.
Let’s start our stroll in the backyard this time. As we come down the deck stairs onto our stamped concrete patio, this big clay pot sits filled with shady annuals, including impatiens, new guinea impatiens, caladium, coleus, hypoestes and some ivy.
Please watch your step, we have lots of dips and holes that the Mister hasn’t filled in yet in the yard. I have this fun area under a big maple tree that I shared in my Garden Vignettes post and I want to show you these plants I have in pots at the end of it, because, well the foliage is just beautiful. The hosta is Orange Marmalade and next to it is a Caladium plant. I grew all my Caladium from bulbs which I started indoors in March, except this one that I found on clearance at one of the big box stores. I’m hoping I can successfully overwinter it.
Here’s an area that I will share a makeover post on next week, so I’ll just give you a sneak peak of a few of the plants that are looking really good. Just look at the foliage of these coral bells. I love the coloring and the veining is so distinct. Their proper name (not that we’re proper here) is Sugar Plum Heuchera.
In this same area, we have a cousin, or some such relative of the Heuchera, called Solar Eclipse Heucherella, or Foamy Bells.
Next up is my tiered flower bed that I shared a makeover on a few weeks ago. You can read about that makeover here. By the way, that garden makeover was also featured on Fine Gardening’s magazine blog here. Here’s how the bed is looking this week. The sunflowers, my sweet grand buddy and I planted from seed, are almost to the top of the fence, but no blooms yet. If you look closely down at the end, you can see my huge oops called a zucchini plant in my flower bed. I really wanted zucchini and ran out of room in my veggie beds, so I just plopped in. Oh my goodness, what a monstrosity of an eye sore. All I can do is laugh at myself and say there’s always next year. The zucchini has been awesome though and it does have pretty flowers.
Here, in the same tiered bed, is a close up of a Balloon Flower in three stages of bloom. I love this perennial! The violet blue looks so pretty next to the white alyssum. Don’t the centers of the Balloon Flower look like little spiders? If you plant one, make sure you mark it because they are very slow to show themselves in spring.
I’m sure I’ll be sorry, but I planted this Agastache Blue Fortune and it just took off. At least it’s a bee magnet, so next year when I’m weeding it out, I’ll have to remind myself that I’m taking one for the bees.
Up next in a partial shady spot in the tiered bed is this little vignette of orange impatiens, violet torenia and Amethyst Mist coral bells. This is the oddest color combination and I almost ripped it out after I planted it, but decided I didn’t have time and now it’s sort of grown on me over the summer.
That’s enough of the back yard, let’s take a little hike between the potting shed and the house through the gate and up the stairs. Sorry no picture of that area yet, but it’s the easiest way to get where we’re going. My little grand buddy calls it the “secret passageway.”
Let’s keep walking out to the front corner of our property. I talked a bit about this corner in our last stroll and about how it’s on a busy street. Over the weekend, I had some neighbors tell me how much they loved what I’d done with that corner, so I know it’s getting a little closer to where I want it. The big granite boulder is so beautiful, it just sparkles when the sun shines on it. I wanted it moved, but I didn’t get my wish on that one, so I’m just working around it. I’m hoping the Becky Shasta Daisy will grow taller than the boulder and fill in a bit. This is my first time planting Satin & Lace Berry Chiffon Coreopsis. Wow, that’s a mouth full! It’s been a continuous bloomer and I’m very happy with it. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it comes back next year.
Also in that same flower bed is this lovely daylily called When My Sweetheart Returns. I think this one will go on my favorites list. The muted coloring is simply beautiful and I was lucky enough to get a picture after a rain shower.
Moving right along across the front yard to the driveway bed. I posted about its makeover here. I believe I shared this same shot in either the makeover post or a previous post, but I wanted to share again to show how everything is filling in. The Autumn Joy Sedum’s blooms are just starting to show a hint of pink. I’m not sure how I’m going to like the pink tones of the Sedum with the yellow marigolds and orange geraniums, but I can always change it up next year. Also another lovely boulder.
I end our stroll today with a picture of Arizona Sun Gaillardia with a sweet bee happily feeding on it. I was so worried that my garden lacked bees at the beginning of summer. Well, they have found Gingham Gardens now and that makes this gardener very happy.
I thoroughly enjoyed our stroll today and hope you did too. Please linger awhile and have a look around. Feel free to pin the pictures or share them on social media. I do appreciate your comments. Also, if you’d like to receive regular updates via email, please complete the subscription form in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Thanks a bunch for stopping by!
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