Summer Flowers in the Test Garden

A look at the flowers of early summer in the Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden.


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Yarrow Coronation Gold and knautia
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    Yarrow 'Coronation Gold' and Knautia macedonica vie for attention near the tool shed.

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    Clematis 'Jackmanii' clambers up an arbor flanking the gate to the herb garden.

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    Delphinium grandiflorum 'Blue Butterfly' is smaller (about 16 inches high) and airier than its majestic cousin, Delphinium elatum. Delphinium grandiflorum provides a hard-to-find blue color in early summer.

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    Asiatic lilies are among the stars of the Test Garden in June. Here, 'Aphrodite' lives up to her namesake, the Greek goddess of beauty.

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    Situated adjacent to the entrance to the garden, this 12-inch-tall spotted bellflower (Campanula punctata 'Elizabeth') welcomes guests with its subtle beauty.

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    A lonely water lily (var. Gladstonia) soaks (or is it sulks?) in the cool water of the water garden.

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    Stop and smell the Appleblossom rose (showing a bit of storm damage) and catmint (Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant').

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    Yarrow 'Coronation Gold' and red-leaved coralbells (Heuchera 'Royal Red') supply enough comparisons and contrasts to fill an high school essay. The sunny yellow blooms vs. the ruby-toned leaves; the filigreed foliage of the yarrow vs. maple-leafed coralbells; tall and stately vs. rounded and grounded.

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    Leaves can "bloom" too, as this sedum 'Frosty Morn' attests. Its succulent, white-edged leaves are easily as beautiful as a flower, holding their own against a backdrop of Veronica 'Red Fox' (to the right), Salvia 'Amethyst' (behind), and daylily 'Bitsy'.

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    This sweet William, Dianthus barbatus 'Amazon Rose Magic', has returned to bloom in the Test Garden for the past three years. Its odd-looking date for the evening is Allium schubertii, a variety of so-called ornamental onion.

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    And finally, a pleasant trio of 'Moonshine' yarrow (demonstrating its propensity for tripping over its own feet), Stachys 'Rosea', and Asiatic lily 'Lollipop'.

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