Our gardens were designed using “garden rooms”. My garden is small, and the creation of rooms creates a sense of space and mystery.
85% of our garden is 80% shade, but there is one section that receives full sun.. I’m sharing my Early July Sun Garden Room. The sun garden is outside our main living area and our South side kitchen windows. It is long, about 35 ft and narrow, about 9 feet.
This garden section is actually over the original driveway…but I wanted a garden instead. Grass grows well over the driveway.
Our sun garden begins at the gate, the sign means “the garden of the house”. I’ll swing open the gate to expose what lies behind.
Starting on the right side of the gate/arbor…
This is looking back toward the fence…it starts with an arbor that has Porcelain Berry Vine growing on it.
If you’re looking for a fast growing vine for partial or full sun this fits the bill. This vine will cover your trellis in one summer. It’s beautifully variegated and produces beautiful berries in the fall that your birds will love. Be careful, the birds will bomb dive to get the berries, so make sure it is not in front of windows.
Next to the arbor is perennial, Coreoposis, common name Tickweed. This Coreopsis is a mix of yellow/cranberry. Coreoposis is tolerant of many different soil types. This is an easy, low care perennial.
In the background is Eupatorium rugosum ‘Chocolate’, common name: Chocolate Joe Pye Weed.
I grow this Joe Pye Weed because it’s leaves/stems have chocolate-purple tones and has a dwarf habit of 3.5-4′ and spread of 3′. It blooms in late summer with white flowers which can be used for cutting. This plant grows anywhere in any condition. It is a heavy reseeder and acts like a perennial (comes back every year).
In front of the Joe Pye Weed is a Rudbeckia which has not done well in my garden in IL this year. It has thrived here for 10 years, but this year I have lost 90% of it. I think it might of been too wet!
Behind the birdbath are one of my most favorite plants…
Filipendrum rubra, a perennial, common name Queen of the Prairie….I love this plant, it is really cool. The photo is just as it is starting to bloom, when in full bloom it has spectacular corymbs. It grown 5 to 8 feet tall, so a good selection for the back of your border for height. It has no problem being in wet conditions, rather likes it. It’s native in IL and has been put on the endangered list because it has trouble pollinating.
They must not have been to my yard, I started with one plant and now have over 2o, not including ones I’ve given away?
In front of the birdbath are 3 day Lilies.
They are yellow with cranberry centers. Do you know how day lily got it’s name? It’s because each bloom only lasts one day! I really don’t like day lilies, and this is the only yellow one I have. I think they are more of a “landscape” flower than a garden flower. Just my opinion.
The photos keep moving right in the garden. I often use wicker headboards for trellises in my garden. I find them at garage sales and GW for cheap. Growing up the trellis is another porcelain berry vine, which re-seeded to this area from the entry arbor.
The yellow plant in front of wicker trellis is an annual Helianthus, common name common sunflower.
It is a very heavy re-seeder, this means that it acts like a perennial since it reseeds heavily enough to come back every year. With one plant I have over 10 in my yard. I just love freebies! It gets about 3′ tall and blooms throughout the summer with deadheading.
You can see several in the photo above, I just let them come up where they do!
The other front plant is Nepata, common name Catmint. This is a very invasive plant. I started with 1 plant and it spreads all over my garden. I’m constantly pulling it out. I keep 1 for our “Little One” and she goes nuts over it.
Nepata in front of container.
In front is a long row of Stachys byzantina, common Lambs Ear. It’s a low growing spreader, and readily multiplies, started with one plant, now have enough for long row on both sides in the sun garden.
The leaves are fuzzy, pale and silvery green foliage. Grown for their foliage and have a great soft feel to the leaves. These are great for a child’s garden!
One of my 32 plant containers.
In this area, the blue…
plant is Delphinium, common name Larkspur. They like cooler temps and adequate moisture. They will re-bloom with deadheading. A spectacular flowers. You might not have known that Delphinium is toxic to humans and livestock.
Liatris, common name Blazing Star or Gayfeather. Grows 2 to 4 feet, July to August. Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Somewhat tolerant of poor soils, but prefers moist, fertile ones and generally performs better in moist soils. Intolerant of wet soils in winter. Tolerant of summer heat and humidity.
Another container. The pink flowers behind the container are the annual Cleome flower.
Cleome can reach heighs of 4-5 feet and I love this annual, great blooms all summer long and hardy.
Cleone is also a good re-seeder so can have plants next year.
In the background are 3 Agastache, blue fortune, common name: Hyssop. It is a flower that attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, and goldfinches love the seed. Did you know the scented leaves on Agastache are wonderful for flavoring drinks and drying? The flower spikes bloom are season and are drought tolerant.
Moving farther down are
One of my most favorite annual is Daucus carota, common name: Queen Anne’s Lace. Another common name is Wild Carrot. This beautiful white flower would be seen in English Cottage Gardens and was given it’s name for it’s flowers lacy texture. It’s a biennial and is related to the carrot. If you pull the plant out and smell it’s root you will smell carrot.
This close up show the lacy texture of Queen Anne’s Lace. They re-seed easily and blow in different direction in your garden by the wind. If you have one plant you will not need to buy another. If anyone would like some seeds let me know.
I’m only half way through the garden’s side…and I think this post is long enough. So I will continue in another post.
Hope you garden is doing well and sharing her beauty with you.