Best-Looking Plants in my July Garden

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I’m in the mood to post photos of the plants that are doing the best in my garden right now, starting with these sun-tolerant Coleuses (with one ‘Rubrum’ Pennisetum  in the mix). They were stars in these pots last year, so I’m sticking with them.

One more.

‘City Lights’ and ‘Earth Angel’ in their third season, with ‘Ice Dance’ Carex and an unidentified Hellebore.

Unidentified Pulmonaria with ‘Ogon’ Spirea and Oakleaf Hydrangea.

‘Husker Red’ Penstemon, ‘Frosted Violet’ Heuchera, Sedum takesimense and Echinacea purpurea are all blooming now.

I like my Black-eyed Susans massed, and they’re very accommodating.

‘Little Joe’ Eupatoriums are the most robust of all the plants I’m trying in a new pollinator garden.

ALL my visitors comment on this plant – ‘Blazin” Iresine. Who needs blooms with foliage like this?  I’ve cut them back about two feet.

And you’ve already seen my ferns.

So what are YOUR best plants in July? 

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Susan Harris
on July 30, 2015 at 6:41 pm, in the category It’s the Plants, Darling.

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  • Glad you like ’em. And I have to have the Black-eyed susans coz they’re the Maryland state flower. Susan

    Garden Rant 1st January 1970 4:00 am
  • Love the sun tolerant coleus. I would like to find those next year.
    My biggest hit every year is pineapple sage. I buy little 3″ plants in the spring, and now they are 3 ‘ bushes, with beautiful fragrant foliage. In Aug-Sept. they are covered in red tubular flowers – welcome hummingbirds.
    . In fact, several salvias and agastaches are rocking now…and the sunflowers and wild mullein are a big hit with the goldfinches. It’s a great year in the garden, isn’t it?

    Lake Charles 1st December 1977 9:40 am
  • I too have enjoyed experimenting w sun coleus, and being in Maryland as well, love the splashes of color from batches of Black-eyed Susans and other cone flowers. But my star is Limelight Hydrangea. We have five that are now close to being an eight foot high hedge,! We planted the six years ago.. We also have Limelight trees defining various entrance areas in our gardens.

    John Lalley 13th June 2017 1:46 am
  • I have the shade coleus and they are doing tremendous. They all started from last year cuttings that were grown all winter in my office. If you have a good sunny window for the winter take a few cuttings and just plant yours in a container. They are so easy to grow from cuttings. No rooting hormone needed. Then in spring take more cuttings and quadruple your stock.

    Steve F 22nd June 2017 9:50 pm
  • Your coleus look great! My best flowers right now are my white “David” phlox. They just keep going and going despite temperatures in the 90s (Zone 7). So fresh and white against their backdrop of evergreen azaleas.

    Old Herbaceous 3rd July 2017 2:00 pm
  • Love them all. Sun coleus are great because they will take sun to shade. My favorite at home is ‘Mainstreet Riverwalk’ which comes from the University of Florida breeding program. It is lime green with yellow veins and really lights up the yard. I’ve never tried the ‘Blazin’ Lime’ Iresine. Now that I’ve seen yours I’ll have to try it. BTW, I don’t see any ‘Husker Red’ penstemon in your photo with the sedum and Echinacea. There is a blooming Heuchera in the lower left, however.

    Chris N 5th July 2017 10:18 am
  • Thanks for the correction. Heuchera indeed. THe Penstemon is right behind it looking very plain right now. Susan

    Garden Rant 6th July 2017 10:36 am
  • Most people would probably say my lilies are the best, and they are wonderful, but my blue leaved rhododendrons (R. oreotrephes, R. cinnabarinum, and R campanulatum) are quietly beautiful. As is the Fuchsia ‘Steel and Stars’, another silver leaved plant.

    Deirdre 6th July 2017 1:16 pm
  • I’ve got lots of Naked Ladies looking their best in my garden right now. (Lycoris squamigera, that is). Also, Heliotrope, Angelonia, impatiens and more.

    Perry Mathewes 6th July 2017 8:55 pm
  • I have 6 Lilium ‘Gold Band’ in the front garden that are dominating the show right now, both visually and fragrantly. Several other lilies are also blooming, but that one is the most amazing. Daylilies are also at peak bloom, and Clematis ‘Purpurea Plena Elegans’. In my red border, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ is blooming along with several red daylilies amid the foliage of Penstemon ‘Mystica’ and Rhus ‘Tiger Eyes’. And all the echinaceas, Karl Forester grass, blue sea holly, liatris and Shasta daisies are blooming together out by the road.

    Deborah Banks 6th July 2017 11:31 pm
  • Thanks! OF course I’m rearranging most of it this fall. And excited about doing it.

    admin 7th July 2017 11:34 am

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