The Northern Border needs a lot of work. Now that the irises are finished this border is changing into a hodgepodge. Despite my efforts tradescantia is invading the iris beds and other aggressive plants have taken a strong-hold as well. Roses and Peony ‘Pink Parfait’ was ruined by the heavy rains this year. Fortunately I cut four peony stems early to enjoy inside.
In front of the peony a large planting of Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ (Catmint) bloomed very well during May. Now though it is flopping over and I have already cut part of it back. Nearby, a pass-along plant, Phlox divaricata (Woodland phlox), was very late to open, but it made a strong show eventually.
Old-fashioned Sweet William were planted in this border in early spring and they are blooming beautifully now.
Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower) is beginning to bloom in this northern border and throughout the garden.
This border is where I need to focus immediate attention.