The Rockstars of the July Garden

 

Here it is the middle of July and I am seeing signs of fall in the garden. The Chrysanthemums are starting to show lots of new growth. We are approaching the month of August soon and its often a tough time for gardeners. Many of our perennial flowers are finished and there is not much to see in the garden. If you planted annuals they will be stealing the show. So what if you don’t use annual flowers? How about using Dahlias next year?

The Rockstars of the July Garden

I like to grow Dahlias for their great colour at this time of the year. This yellow one is a novelty Dahlia called ‘Honka’. I love the reflex petals on it. It’s just different from the rest. Dahlias come in all colours of the rainbow so there is something for every colour palette.

The Rockstars of the July Garden

This is a cactus Dahlia called ‘Mango Sunset’. As I write this I can count eight large four-inch blooms on the plant. It grows to about 4′ high and in my garden it requires no staking. A little secret I found out is that if I start the Dahlia tubers in the greenhouse and plant outside after they are about a foot high, they don’t need staking. I know right? I used to be forever staking Dahlias when I planted them.

The Rockstars of the July Garden

This is one of my all time favourites and always a good performer. This is Dahlia ‘Park Princess’. This is also a cactus Dahlia. What I love about Dahlias is they will bloom right into the fall. They like a place in full sun and well-drained soil. Here in BC they are planted out in the spring as tubers.

The Rockstars of the July Garden

My Zinnias that I grew from seed have made their debut! I can’t wait to see the other colours that open. I planted a mix of seeds in my greenhouse in the spring. They are so easy to grow from seed that I will do hundreds next year.

The Rockstars of the July Garden

 

The Roses are still blooming and I wish I knew this ones name. It’s so prolific! This cluster of flowers looks like one big flower but it’s actually around eight tiny blossoms.

The Rockstars of the July Garden

This is how it looks on my rose arbor and it will continue for at least another month.

The Rockstars of the July Garden

Remember how I said fall was showing in the garden. I always think of Rudbeckia as a fall flower. It starts to bloom now but continues well into October. Its one of the top perennials to have in your garden. The Asters are another popular late-blooming plant but they are not quite blooming yet. I will be using them all over the garden for their late blooms.

The Rockstars of the July Garden

 

The Buddleia or butterfly bush is finally in bloom. The swallowtail butterfly has been around for weeks so I must have other plants that attract it.  This is one easy shrub to grow and I love watching the antics of butterflies on this plant. So do you have your garden rockstars? These are definitely mine.

Well that’s about it for today. I am joining Tootsie over at Tootsie Time for a Friday walk through the garden.

 

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