Happy June everyone,
If only we could get some rain, this month would be great. Without it, gardens that I used to never water are thirstier than I ever remember seeing them. It's dry out here in St Charles. The river is down. My favorite lake, Nelson Lake, is looking quite shallow as I can see fish swimming from my view on the observation deck. The season started so early this year, and the drought and heat seem to be following. I won't claim to know how low the water table is, but I would imagine it's below where it should be for mid June. A lot of the roses peaked out at the end of May, but one group seems to be flourishing. That is the Flower Carpet®. Having been bred for the Australian heat, these plants have proven worthy of their drought tolerant status.
One of those unique colors that looks hot this time of the year. As you can see in the photo, the flowers go from amber to light pink. Amber has grown to 28" tall in the landscape and 40" wide. En masse they are stunning. Combining this variety with Vernonica 'Hocus Pocus' would make a stunning combination.
Flower Carpet® Pink Supreme
This is the improved version of the older Flower Carpet® Pink. When I first saw this plant, I thought it was nearly the same. Then I saw it perform. While the old Pink was a great plant, this one is better. The foliage stays super clean all season long while the older pink can sometimes look a little poor. Flowering seems to be stronger as well. I would like to see this with Achillea 'Moonshine' for contrast in color and flower shape. The two could have a drought tolerant friendship.
WELCOME TO THE MIDWEST GROUNDCOVERS DISPLAY & PLANT TRIAL GARDENS!
There's so much that changes in the MG landscape throughout the year...we thought a plant trial and garden blog was the best way to start sharing "what's new" and "what's happening with all those new varieties" with you! Visit often for updates on how trial plants are performing in the gardens and to see photos throughout the season as we grow and change!