The orange standouts are new to flowering this year although some were planted last year in anticipation of a showy display. Daylilies of course come in all kinds of colors. This one has a little orange in the center while remaining mostly yellow and was picked up at the plant swap last year. The Asiatic lily was a recent purchase, my wife loved the color, and because it's a plant I liked it too! (I should be more discerning shouldn't I?) The butterfly weed is a joint favorite of ours around our joint since it looks great and attracts butterflies, hence the name. Monarchs are especially fond of milkweed and butterfly weed is a esteemed member of that lucky family. It does seem a shame to call it a weed though! The last two shots are of the same poppy. This was another pick made by my wife. She may only be able to pick out orange flowers, we'll have to discuss this issue! I put it in the Japanese maple garden just off our patio. It's orange color looks pretty neat next to the burgundy foliage of the maple and the 'Husker's Red' Penstemon.
You just can't have a Tennessee garden without a little orange can you?
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Saturday, May 30, 2009
What Would A Tennessee Garden Be Without...
Dave is the author of Growing The Home Garden and runs a small nursery business growing vegetables and herbs for local customers in Spring Hill, TN. (Blue Shed Gardens or FB page). He has written for gardening publications, Troy-Bilt and Lowe's and is available for edible garden consulting. Dave gardens organically and when he isn't writing, collecting seeds, or propagating plants he's parenting his 4 children as a stay at home dad.