Design a Garden for Flowers All Summer Long

Early SummerWhen planning on how to design a garden, think about how to keep the flowers blooming all summer long. Here's a plant list and gardening advice from The Old Farmer's Almanac.

The ideal summer flower garden develops in waves, reaches crescendos of bloom, and depends on chronological succession.

  • Choose flowers for their color, beauty, and fragrance, of course—but also consider the season in which they bloom.
  • Avoid planting midsummer bloomers all in one spot; instead, distribute groups of them throughout the garden. This will draw the visitor's eyes through the whole area, creating the effect of a greater expanse of color.
  • What combinations of plants will keep your garden colorful all summer long? Here are some suggestions.


    Bleeding hearts
    Early roses (Rosa hugonis; damask, eglantine, and gallica roses)
    Iris magnifica
    Oriental poppy

    Bee balm
    Daylilies (try 'Stella de Oro')
    Early-blooming white phlox
    Hollyhock mallow
    Regal lily and Asian hybrids such as 'Enchantment'

    Fall-blooming anemones
    Globe thistle
    Harrington's pink aster
    Japanese iris
    Late lilies and daylilies


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Terrie Light has spent more than three years thinking about the elegant structure. She has attended more meetings than she can count about the $190-million cathedral complex while helping to design its most famous garden.
Cathedral of Christ the Light Memorial to victims of clergy sex abuseBut the 57-year-old has no plans to be a regular visitor to the shadowy corner, with its privet hedges, curved wooden benches and somber dedication: "To those innocents sexually abused by members of the clergy

Climate of change ahead for gardening  — Newsday
While many gardeners scan the newly arrived seed catalogs to plan their next growing season, the industry's visionaries are pouring talent and resources into products and ideas they hope will be sown in years to come. .. FLOWERS.

Message to a heartbroken widow: embrace your grief  — Irish Times
And go for a walk in the garden. Examine the dead plants and the frosty clay that was so full of flower last August.

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