It’s pretty colorful in the Fairegarden during May. The cool shades of early spring are grateful for the addition of warmer tones as the weather heats up.
Orange is the debutante of the hour, represented well by butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa.
Finding just the right supporting cast has been years in the making. It was part brilliant epiphany but mostly accidental plant plopping that created the perfect blend that lets all the players show their finery.
The lilies have taken the stage, as well. Queen of the moment is the longifolium asiatic hybrid, Lilium ‘Royal Sunset’.
A stout stalk can hold the numerous flowers high and proud without the need for staking. The combination of melon centers with hot pink edges might sound garish to those with delicate sensibilities, but the light fragrance and dusting of dark freckles should charm the white gloves right off of even the snobbiest colorists.
When confronted with blaring colors, the best and easiest path to garden delight is to simply add more. The reddish Achillea ‘Paprika’, Astilbe ‘Fanal‘, silver and purple lamb’s ear, Stachys byzantina and various blue Salvias help make the back garden beds a fun feast.
The gravel path dissects what is meant to be matching, sort of, plantings on either side.
Oranges, reds and yellows, complemented by blues, whites and purples bring happy smiles from pollinators, critters and humans. We’re all in this together. The hosta is H. ‘Sunpower’.
The variable colors of Echinacea ‘Prairie Spirit’ have been a blessing. I only buy them in bloom to be able to select the darker reds and oranges as companions to the butterfly weed. Later in the season, those colors will continue to enhance the daylily and daisy shadow and blush as lipstick finishes a model’s makeup. Coreopsis Hardy Jewel Series ‘Desert Coral’ is new this year. The color could not be resisted. I hope it performs over several years, at least.
It’s a rainbow out there, at ground level rather than in the sky. Nature will make changes to the painting over time. The gardener throws the pigments onto the canvas with a hopeful twinkle in her eye, waiting to see the vision become the masterpiece, however it turns out.