Welcome to this month’s installment of praising the wildflowers in our midst, Wildflower Wednesday, sponsored by my dear friend Gail of Clay and Limestone. It is Gail who has led me ever so gently toward the appreciation of our native flora, including the Eryngium yuccifolium, now budding upward and onward by the knot garden.
Continuing on a yucca-ish theme and planted right next to the Eryngium is the red yucca, Hesperaloe parviflora. Both of these love hot, sunny, dry spots in poor soil, conditions met up at the top of the slope between the shed and the knot garden. It used to be a gravel alley for the trash pickup trucks to access the back of the houses on two parallel streets.
Gail also introduced me to Echinacea tennesseensis ‘Rocky Top’, bringing a potted plant of it as a hostess gift on her first visit here to the Fairegarden.
Procured in the ongoing effort to defeat LLS, Little Leaf Syndrome in the sunny white/yellow bed is Rudbeckia maxima. You can’t see much of the leaf in this shot, but it is a very large and glaucous soldier in the battle against foliage monotony. And I just liked this image.
With nary an intact leaf, the insects are feasting on all of the Heucheras and many others at present, I just ignore it, Heuchera ‘Caramel’ has grown into a nice sized clump since I have stopped dividing it. The Heucheras that include the H. villosa gene, like Caramel, or H. americana do best on my rocky, north facing slope. All others need not apply.
The Asclepias tuberosa, butterfly weed has been showing color on the buds for what seemed like an eternity. Finally they have decided to open up. Sometimes gardeners are unsure what to plant with this pure, true orange color. Here is the answer, red, in this case Astilbe ‘Fanal’, but anything that blooms at the same time would do. It has taken years for this epiphany to enter the thought process here. Red to the rescue.