June 14 is Flag Day in the United States, marking the adoption of the flag in 1777 by the Second Continental Congress. In honor of the day here are a few garden red, white and blues. This ‘Jackmanii’ Clematis bloomed during the first half of April and last week seemed done, but it rallied again today. There are only a couple of blossoms though and of course, it is not really very blue. The red flowers growing underneath this vine are Monarda didyma (Scarlet Beebalm) and they are very red.
Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’ (Pincushion Flower) was added to the garden this spring. This is a perennial that always looks so compelling at the garden center, but does perform well in this garden and seldom lasts beyond one year. It may need more sun and definitely requires a lot of dead-heading to keep it blooming.
The carnivorous pitcher plants in the hybrid pitcher-plant beds looked amazing this afternoon during a brief walk at the nearby North Carolina Botanical Garden. There are many colorful ones, but this red and white was very interesting.
There are two varieties of Leucanthemum x superbum (Shasta Daisy) in the garden, one is probably ‘Becky’ and the other, ‘Alaska.’ One has been blooming since the last week of May, while this one is only now starting to open. The earlier-blooming one is taller with narrower leaves.