Thursday, August 15, 2013

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day, August 2013

On the 15th of each month, gardener bloggers highlight what's in bloom in our own gardens and link the post to May Dreams Gardens. This is a wonderful way to see what's blooming around the world. It's also a useful way to track year-to-year changes in bloom time, and in our own micro-climates. Here's a list of what's in bloom in my zone 7a northern Virginia garden:

Geranium rozanne: a favorite for borders, she blooms all summer

Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower): a native pollinator magnet

Amaranthus caudatis (love-lies-bleeding): many parts of this plant are edible, but I grow it for its ornamental value and it's common name

Knock-out rose - gotta have some

Borago officinalis (borage): another edible, with leaves reminiscent of cucumber. It's lovely in the herb garden and attracts many beneficial insects.

Chelone lyonii (pink turtle-head): native to the E. U.S., attracts butterflies and provides great late color.

Eupatorium maculatum (joe-pye weed): Joe-pye is on its way out, but it was covered in Eastern Tiger Swallowtails a few weeks ago. A great alternative to the butterfly bush.

Rudbeckia hirta (black-eyed Susan): I don't know if I like them more with the petals, or when finches flock to the seed heads

Scarlet runner bean: ornamental and tasty, and first used by Native Americans 

Aster: there are many varieties of aster. They're essential in butterfly gardens and are a great alternative to mums in fall 
Lantana camara 'Rainbow': so many fun colors, so many butterflies


  1. Beautiful blooms!
    Now why didn't I plant Scarlet Runner Beans (instead of Kentucky Wonder) - they are so pretty!
    Happy GBBD!
    Lea's Menagerie

  2. Happy Bloom Day to you! Like Lea, I need to plant Scarlet Runner Bean.