What a great month June is! The foliage is lush and the blooms this time of year are icing on the cake. Here’s a shot of one of the pots on the deck from about a month ago.
I want just a little privacy in the morning as I’m reading my paper with a cup of coffee so they’ve got to have a little height and some screening. The deck can be a bit of a fishbowl. And because I leave them out year round, they’ve got to look good twelve months out of the year…I know…that’s a lot to ask.
Pansies and Tulips to start the spring off. I’m thinking about a mass of grape hyacinths for next spring and perhaps hellebores. The clematis have virtually smothered the trellises. The blooms right now are stunning, but the foliage alone is gorgeous and gives us quite a bit of screen. The Bonfire begonia is growing leaps and bounds! As the pansies finish their show the begonia is taking center stage. The Garnet Robe Coleus starting to spread and C Dark Star will become a huge towering inky purple black mass by summer (I’m thinking it will be a great backdrop for the orangey-red blooms of the Bonfire begonia!). Fountains of Tricyrtis Taipei Silk foliage are shooting out and over the pot, giving more screening. The toad lily blooms are always exciting and welcome particularly when much of the garden is winding down. I love having them inches from a seating area. Come late fall, I’ll take cutting of the tender plants for next year. Fresh spring bulbs get planted for the following year and top them with a small boxwood. Clematis seed heads look great all winter and the trellises give it all structure through the cold months. And then it all starts over again!
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.