In the Spring Garden, by the front porch yellow snapdragons and 2 varieties of marigolds make a pretty contrast with blue ageratum.
These "Lemon Gem" marigolds have the cutest little flowers and finer, rather lacy foliage than the common marigolds. I wish now that I'd taken a closeup photo of the two side by side for comparison. I'll try to remember to do that and post a picture in a future post.
Sedum Neon Stonecrop is looking pretty, and there are a few annuals tucked in there as well that aren't showing up in these photos.
This is the view from over the bank. There's a bright pink aster just beginning to bloom on the left, but this was taken last week, when the buds were just beginning to pop. I forgot to take a photo of it today. I left the artemisia looking rather wild on the back side of this garden, but pulled a lot of it out in other parts. I like the silvery foliage, but it's a vigorous spreader, and must be ruthlessly thinned out.
I think I pulled a little too much this time but it'll be back!
Behind them are a clump of pink Japanese anemones, a passalong from a dear elderly gardening friend last fall.
I'm so happy with these airy delicate blooms!
She also gave me white, which I planted down in the lilac garden. Gorgeous, aren't they?
The self-sown annuals in the lily garden are blooming their heads off. There's nicotiana (tobacco plant), and Molly (formerly known as Max) sitting on the fence.....
......brightly colored portulacas (moss rose)......
........salpiglossis (painted tongue),
blooming in various color combinations.....
.......and ipomoea (morning glories), which I started from seed this past spring.
Park Princess dahlia has 4 blooms open and more to come!
Eveline is one of three dahlias I planted rather late. They're just beginning to bloom.
......and Blue Bell, planted in the Driveway Garden beside the butterfly bush.
Another friend gave me 2 daturas (he called them purple trumpet). These are planted on the other side of the butterfly bush.
The lovely Queen Elizabeth rose continues to produce a few blooms.