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Summer Flower Gardens

Oh how I love this time of year! Every day something new is putting on a show in my gardens. Come along as we have a look-see at what is blooming in my Summer Flower Gardens. Oh, and before we get started with our garden tour, it would help me out ever so much, if you’d Pin some pictures as you pass by. Just hover in the upper left-hand corner and you’ll see the little Pinterest icon. Thanks!

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There’s so much to see, so let’s just jump right in and check out the Asiatic Lilies that are putting on a show. These were supposed to be Orange Lilies, at least that’s what the tag said. I believe they are Tiny Sensation.

Asiatic Lily - Tiny Sensation

I wasn’t sure if I liked them, but after seeing this picture, they’re growing on me.

Lily - Tiny Sensation

And, here are some orange lilies in another garden area that need to be moved. I hope this pretty little buggie boy has no intentions of eating holes in my flowers.

Shiny Orange Asiatic Lilies

These bright, cheery yellow lilies are my favorite. I believe they are Tiny Glow.

Asiatic Lilies - Yellow Tiny Glow

My neighbor gave me two big bunches of these lilies last spring and I love them and so does the little grasshopper guy. I believe the name of this one is Denia Pixie. If you know the variety name for sure, I would greatly appreciate it if you be kind enough to leave a comment and let me know.

Pink Asiatic Lily - Denia Pixie

This pretty yellow Asiatic Lily is Yellow Power. I started these from bulbs in my greenhouse this spring.

Yellow Power Asiatic Lily

Sorry, I get carried away when it comes to lilies. We’ll move on now. Next up is a shot of my tiered garden bed. It’s a wild mess and not at all what I want, but I love it anyway. All the work I did amending the soil is paying off and the perennials are filling in and looking great.

If you haven’t seen the makeover post on this tiered bed, take few minutes to check it out. It was recently a feature on Hometalk. I have to remind myself that this is only my second full summer gardening here. From experience, I know it takes time and lots of rearranging for a perennial bed to come into it’s own.

Tiered Flower Garden

Here’s a little grouping of the pink Asiatic Lilies I showed above, along with Blue Uniform Campanula and John Creech Stonecrop.

Summer Flower Garden - Pink Asiatic Lilies, Blue Uniform Campanula and John Creech Stonecrop

In the same tiered flower garden are these beautiful Cherry Bell Campanula. She is kind of a diva plant and will take over the entire garden if you let her. I show her who’s boss and weed her out.

Cherry Bell Campanula

Very soon I will be sharing a post on the makeover of this flower bed, but for now just a few groupings here and there. Here’s one of my favorite perennial and color combinations: Becky Shasta Daisies, Walker’s Low Catmint and Orange Asiatic Lilies. I think this picture will definitely be one of my favorite Summer Flower Garden pictures. When the lilies are done, the Phlox and the Liatris will take over, and the Daisies and Catmint will just keep blooming.

Summer Flower Garden - Becky Shasta Daisy and Walker's Low Catmint

I shared the makeover of this garden area I like to call Hosta Hill last week. Be sure to check it out if you missed it. I’ll probably share this grouping again in a future post when the plants fill in more.

Summer Flower Garden in the Shade


Delphinium really steals the show for a few weeks in June. Does anyone have any tips for staking Delphinium? I just haven’t been successful this year. Even staked they still seem to break off in our windy weather.

Guardian Delphinium

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Look at the color detail of this beauty.

Guardian Delphinium Close-Up

Another pretty Delphinium.

Delphinium

To wrap up our Summer Flower Garden tour, I have to share my wonky little raised veggie beds just to prove I do grow vegetables too. I have bush beans, two types of tomatoes, 3 or 4 pepper plants, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and zucchini planted. We’ve had lots of rain, so I can almost watch the veggies grow. Don’t mind the weedy paths. I’ll get to them eventually. I use untreated grass clippings to mulch around the vegetable plants to help control weeds in the raised beds.

Raised Vegetable Garden Beds

Thanks a bunch for stopping by Gingham Gardens today. If you made it this far, you’re a champ! Please feel free to hang out for awhile in the gardens taking in the latest virtual garden tour, Flower Gardens – Late Spring Blooms) or reading up on some more gardening tips. In case you missed it, Flower Garden Maintenance has some good practical tips for keeping your flower gardens looking great all summer. If you have any questions or comments, you can use the contact form or you can leave a comment at the bottom of the post.

Happy gardening,

Joanna

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31 Comments

  1. What gorgeous gardens! The lilies are beautiful and so are all your other photos!

    I found you through Pam’s Everyday Living Gardens Galore.

    Thanks for a lovely post!

  2. Love your lilies but the delphiniums are show stoppers! It’s too hot with not enough shade to grow them here, but I adore them!

    1. Hi Mary – my sister lives just outside of Charlotte and she’s determined she’s going to grow delphiniums. So far this summer she hasn’t had much luck. Anyway, with your amazing potting shed, who needs delphinium! Happy gardening and thanks for stopping by.

  3. Joanna, the lilies have been putting on a show in your gardens. The tiered garden has really grown in since last year. I love that your posts are so informational. Thanks for sharing at Gardens Galore!

    1. Thanks, Carol, for stopping by. I hope you and your plants are surviving your summer in Florida. Happy gardening!

  4. I love flower gardens and you have some beautiful flowers here. Beautiful flowers always remind me of my mother. She had such a green thumb. Thank you for sharing at To Grandma’s House We Go.

  5. Absolutely stunning. Love that interesting yellow lily. I just got home from vacation and saw all my lilies were blooming too. I need to get out in my garden to photograph them! I’m so jealous of your delphinium. All mine has passed away, and I try to grow some new ones from seed this year, and not a single one germinated. 🙁

    1. Hi Amy – thanks for stopping by. Don’t give up on Delphiniums. They are a short-lived perennial, but they are worth the trouble. Consider trying Winter Sowing this year. I have a post about this. It’s a cheap way to propagate perennials. Happy gardening!

  6. Your garden is lovely. I absolutely adore Lillies but unfortunately so do the deer. You are lucky that you can grow them.

    1. Hi Lisa – I had problems with deer at my last home, but I was determined not to let them win. I used a myriad of products, like Liquid Fence, Deer Off, Milorganite, etc., etc. Most years I was successful. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Hi Joanna, Your flowers are lovely. Lucky you for having such enormous delphinium that they topple over in the wind! Try using green bamboo stakes (plastic coated steel I think). They will blend in to the greenery and hold up well – use stretch tie tape in a couple places. I use regular bamboo poles for my gladiolus and peonies. They do show but ar least keep the flowers upright. Green stakes would be more pleasing in photograph.s

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Denise, and thanks for the tip. I’m going to try it. Happy gardening!

  8. The lilies are beautiful! Your Tiny Sensation lily blooms look like someone sprinkled paprika on them. I guess I still have deviled eggs on the brain from the holiday this week.

    1. Thanks Rebecca. Someone else also commented that the lilies looked like they were sprinkled with paprika. Maybe I’ll just call them deviled egg lilies. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I like be the lilies, talk away. What a surprise your Tiny Sensation turned out to be! I love the yellow with the sprinkle of red. Smitten! I have enjoyed watching your gardens. Delphiniums and daisies are two more of my loves. I’m starting from scratch and the winds are so horrible here I don’t think delphiniums will do well but I’m going to try some next to the chicken house where they will get some shelter. I’d like to mix them with some foxglove but that will have to wait til my grands are bigger as they ove to pick the flowers. Happy summer in your flower gardens!

    1. Peggy, I’m so glad you stopped by and took the time to comment. Foxglove is another tall stately flower that I love. They are tricky though because they are biennials. I would love to get a big patch going. I’m hoping I’ll get a second bloom out of my Delphiniums. It won’t be as grand as the first, but I’ll still enjoy the beautiful colors. Thanks for stopping by and happy gardening!

  10. Love all the Lillies. The Tiny Sensation looks like it was sprinkled with Paprika! Do you lift and separate your bulbs occasionally? I have some Stargazer Lillies planted almost 20 years ago that seem a little tired lately and don’t have as many blooms. Wonder about feeding or maybe they are just getting too old and need to be replaced. Lovely photos, too. Sometimes I’m so busy enjoying the gardens that I forget to look at the photography—which is great!

    1. I don’t lift my bulbs. If you have had oriental lilies that have lasted 20 years ago you are very lucky. They are very short lived in my area, where as Asiatic lilies last a very long time and multiply. I have started sprinkling a slow release fertilizer (like Osmocote) around my lilies and perennials in the spring. Our soil isn’t the best and I figure they need all the help they can get. Thanks for stopping by and happy gardening!

  11. I’m a Carolina gardener and I planted my first delphinium this spring. It was placed in a garden spot that gets about 6 hours of direct afternoon sun. It did great for about 4-5 weeks with adequate mulching and regular watering, then it literally got burnt up by the extreme temps. I cut it back and am continuing to feed and water – curious to see if she reappears next spring.

    1. Hey Becky, if your Delphinium does return, try moving it to a spot where it gets less intense sun, maybe just morning sun. Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Good morning, Your lilies , delphiniums & plant combinations are out standing. Delphiniums don’t do well in my area but they are terrific & always worth one more try. Did you start the tiered garden from scratch? Also you mentioned the Shasta Daisies keep on blooming. Do you cut them back or pinch them to get them to do this? When you find time I’d appreciate it if you’d let me know your technique? Those that started from seed (Alaska) in a new cottage garden are doing well & I’d like to get a re-bloom from them if possible. Thank you & good luck. Joe

    1. Hi Joe, I always enjoy your comments. Delphiniums only do well about 2-3 years here. I have some great patches going and I’m hoping I can keep them going by fertilizing them. We’ll see. As for the Shasta Daisies, yes, I do keep the spent flowers (and stem) cut off. Rebloom isn’t as spectacular as the first bloom, but I usually keep getting flowers. When you have time, check out my post on the makeover of the tiered garden. The form was there, along with the stones and lots and lots of weeds. Thanks again for stopping by and happy gardening!

  13. I love your enthusiasm! I feel the same way about the lilies. I tried to stake my delphinium and sometimes they’d break too. One year I put out three tall bamboo sticks and used twine to make a cage like support. It worked but wasn’t very attractive! Looking forward to seeing the garden you showed us a peek of!

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