Studying The Borders At May’s End—Western Border

Western Border with Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue'  (Pincushion Flower)

Western Border with Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’ (Pincushion Flower)

The western border was filled earlier in the month with Eastern red columbine. Now Scabiosa, Dusty Miller and Verbena bonariensis dominate the border’s front edge.

Western Border with Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)

Western Border with Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)

A Foxglove added years ago finally will bloom again. There have been plants but no flower spikes for the last two or three years. I have its name recorded somewhere.

Western Border

Western Border

Foxglove In Western Border

Foxglove In Western Border

Behind and to the left of the foxglove is a large stand of Leucanthemum x superbum (Shasta Daisy) and a large Rudbeckia hirta ‘Irish Eyes’ is reaching over five feet tall. Gardenia jasminoides ‘Chuck Hayes’  once formed the entire back hedge, but years of drought reduced their number to about five. They have enjoyed the rain this year and seem poised for a good show.
Western Border-2

Further toward the northern end of this border Tradescantia is taking advantage of every bit of space it can. I continue to cut it back and dig it out as time permits.

In one area several of ten Allium ‘Drumstick’ from last year are forming flowers. Of 20 Allium ‘Nigrum’ planted this year, three are blooming. Also added this year one of 10 Allium ‘Atropurpureum’ is showing color. I have used a drought-tolerant annual, Angelonia, to help provide a spot of color.

Allium 'Drumstick'

Allium ‘Drumstick’

Allium 'Nigrum'

Allium ‘Nigrum’

Angelonia 'Purple'

Angelonia ‘Purple’

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