U.S.A., Washington State. USDA zone 8b. Sunset climate zone 5

Friday, July 3, 2015

End of Month View - My Garden, June 2015

My garden helper was going to show and tell you about my garden before falling asleep. 
Fortunately, he kept notes, and they'll be helpful when I try to do that by myself. 
Thank you, Amur!

This is my main sitting area in summer. 
Western side of the house, it is shady for most of the day, 
and when the sun appears here, two palms in containers provide protection.

Green and white - one of my favorite color combinations:
Arborvitae and Lobelia

Campanula poscharkyana 'Blue Waterfall' started its long-lasting display,
creating big blue circles in front of the ilex hedge.
Daisies are joining them:

 Climbing rose Don Juan freely hanging and enjoying the sun. 
I missed the right time to tie some branches to the arch,
but they still produce plenty of fragrant flowers.

Gunnera manicata continues to grow in this sunny and moist spot:

Astilbe is getting better with every year.
Her divisions were moved to other parts of the garden.

Lacecap Hydrangea 'Princess Lace':

Self-seeded Nicotiana and Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red Strain':


I terminated dwarf Pampas grass and planted pole beans in this spot
at the edge of my Terrace Garden:


This rose grows more up than to the sides.
I like its flowers seemingly floating in the air:

This Hydrangea grows in the part of my garden which became sunny
after a big alder was cut in 2013( post  My Shade Garden Tragedy and Revival).
Since then, it became more adapted to the new conditions,
but still suffers from strong afternoon sun:

Rhubab chinese and a wonderful Hosta from James King:

Asiatic Lilies:

Terrace Garden, above and below, got a bit unruly with too many tall plants
as Digitalis, Ceniranthus, Verbena b.,  Eremurus, Verbascum, Monarda, etc.

This spring, I added width to this border and planted it with shrub and perennials.
I don't miss a part of the lawn that was removed as part of this project:

Slugs forced me to plant this Ligularia into the container:

Back of the house:

 I am very pleased with Hydrangea grown from a cutting from my own plant.
It has morning shade and some sun in the afternoon.

The above boxwood was a home for a bird nest earlier this year.

Potting table is getting enveloped with grapes growing in two containers.
 Grapevines grew from  stem pieces which I used to support green peas.

Saxifraga stolonifera provided a long lasting show:

Cucumbers in raised bed:

Hydrangea Oregon Pride has wonderful big heads:

Ligustrum is blooming better than ever.
The smell is beautiful, and the trees are covered with hundreds of bees.

These were three-ball trees, but I didn't maintain their shape properly,
so they look like ordinary trees now.
The right one was heavily damaged during a snow storm several years ago.
It recovers slowly. I'm glad we gave it a second chance.

Bunnies are not afraid of me at all.

'Carefree Marvel':

Late Allium:

There are several new plants here which will wait till the heat ends to be planted:
Hardy Begonia from Vietnam, Agapanthus Donau and Hedychium spicatum.
I bought them after a Dan Hinkley presentation in Gig Harbor.
His talk was a treat to close the month of June.

I am joining Helen at The Patient Gardener's Weblog for an End of Month View.

I wish you a beautiful month of July.
And you, please, send rain our way!!!
It's hot and dry here!

***Copyright 2015 TatyanaS


  1. Oh my gosh, your gardens are fantastic! So lush, filled with so much beauty and there is a sense of serenity.

    Thank you for sharing ~ FlowerLady

  2. Tanya, your garden is a sheer delight. Extremely floriferous and despite the fact you say it is hot and dry, it looks incredibly lush. Your roses are devine and I never knew Ligustrum could be quite so beautiful.

  3. It's way too hot and dry for me. I complain a lot on Facebook about it, it doesn't make me any cooler, but it makes me feel better. Your lovely dappled shade garden looks very cool.

  4. Your garden looks beautiful Tanya, so dreamy and peaceful looking too!

  5. Your garden is beautiful
    Have a lovely July

  6. Thank you for the wonderful share of your summer garden

  7. Hello dear friend. Your garden is always magical. I don't know how you do it but you so tastefully blend your love of plants with eye-catching design. The results are total eye candy. I sure hope July will be cooler than June but we're not off to a very good start. It's been close to 100 degrees for the first three days. Fortunately the garden seems to be dealing with it okay. But the water bill is going to put us in the poor house. :) Happy July!

  8. Your garden looks very inviting, so cool and lush! Here we are frazzling in very un-English heat.

  9. AnonymousJuly 03, 2015

    I think your garden is one of the nicest I've seen - so cool and inviting. I love the shady areas that are still so abundantly planted. It looks absolutely fantastic! Matt

  10. Tanya, your garden is big and bountiful, I love it, would you like to swap?

  11. As usual, it's so green and lush in your garden! But this year, even we are doing green and lush. Ohio is usually dry and hot come summer time, but not this year. My plants have grown by leaps and bounds!

  12. Your garden is so lush and serene. What a peaceful spot to rest. :o)

  13. Your garden really sings because of the foliage and textures...then the flowers and color are the icing on top...perfection Tatyana!

  14. So gorgeous! I love where you have your gunnera, it really stands out in the border there and has such impact. I also love your border with all the reds and pinks and the white verbascum sticking up through it. Looking lovely!

  15. Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments! They are an inspiration for me, honestly!

  16. Thank YOU, Tatyana, for taking us on a virtual tour of your wonderful gardens! What an inspiration they are to me! P. x

  17. Despite the heat and lack of rain your garden looks just lovely. I love your potting bench and all the lovely containers. The planting at the front really sets the house off nicely.

  18. Thanks so much for taking us with you in your beautiful garden. I love what I see!!
    Have a great weekend ahead Tatyana.

  19. Your garden is always stunning and your photographs perfect! Things are looking especially lovely this time of year. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous views.



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