We are having perfect summer days as far as I'm concerned. Sunny and 70's! I lost my curly willow tree that I started from a branch, this summer. I did love that tree but willows have soft wood and it got a disease. Within 2 weeks of noticing that the ends of the branches were brown, the whole tree was brown.
I decided to replace it with a Proven Winner, Fine Line, Buckthorn, Rhamnus frangula. This 'shrub' almost looks like a grass. It likes full sun, grows to 60 to 84 inches and 36 inches across and is deer resistant. (I don't have that problem here but I know some of you do!)
I like the upward growth and the speckled bark. (Click to enlarge pic.)
My absolute favorite late summer or fall plant Japanese Anemone, is beginning to bloom. This one is in front of the wild garden. I love everything about this plant! It is really several small plants but they are pretty mounding plants with nice leaves all summer.
The graceful blooms grow above the leaves and are also called wind flowers. This one is my favorite bloom. I love the color that is slightly darker on the back, the simple 4 petal bloom and the round plump buds.
This one is in the middle garden. These plants will grow in full sun to mostly shade. I have some in my shade garden, too.
This one is a darker pink, double flower. I have more that will probably be open next week so I will show them then and look up the name for each. The only down side is, they can take over. I don't mind because people are always asking for some for their garden.
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