Hello again, I've never been one to run through the sprinklers. At least at work that is. But lately, if there is water in the air, I'm trying to get under it. This is hot folks! You didn't need me to tell you that though. After the forth consecutive day above 100 degrees, I had a tough time getting the urge to go out and take pictures. If you are outside all day like a lot of you probably are, I'm not complaining. I have it made being able to work in an air-conditioned office. If the weatherchannel.com report is correct, we should be back into the 80's by Sunday. That will be a relief.
If there were ever any reason to promote natives, times like these really market them well. While walking through the gardens this morning, I noticed that most of the plants that looked best were native plants. This picture has both the Liatris and the Eryngium yuccifolium otherwise known as Rattlesnake Master. This combo borders our native area. These were planted three years ago now, and are doing a great job turning this area into a somewhat designed native garden.
I think I talk about this plant every year. I also think that it's probably because it fills a time when not much else is looking great. Sure the Echinacea are blooming everywhere, but you already know about those. I have this planted in many areas now, but I like it best mixed with the Liatris and in another area with Geranium 'Bevan's Variety'. The bold textured foliage looks great with fine textured plants like grasses as well.
Hopefully the next week we'll have some refreshing temperatures out there. Right now it seems like a dream. Until next time, have a great day!
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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!