I planted a few Scarlet Beebalm (Monarda didyma) plants in front of our house a couple of years ago. They have now spread, and we’ve been enjoying the abundant bright-red blooms since early June.
I think they have lasted longer than usual, primarily due to our recent rains and cool temperatures.
Now the Beebalm is beginning to fade, and yellow Star Tickseed (Coreopsis pubescens) has begun to bloom. Both the Coreopsis and the lavender Phlox (Phlox amplifolia) usually bloom for much of the summer.
I consider flower gardens a lot like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates. You put in some plants, but you can never be sure what you’ll get. For those not familiar with the movie, here’s a clip.
No matter what you get with flowers, they will change. As long as I get some bright colors that attract a variety of visitors (butterflies, bees, etc.), I’m a happy camper.
Wishing everyone a good summer!