This spring’s rains has brought exceptionally beautiful sights. There’s plenty of green and other gorgeous colors all around us.
Drift Roses are covered with masses of blooms. At the far end of the bed is a Prairie Sage (Artemisia ludoviciana) with its silvery airiness and a mound of gray Santolina (S. chamaecyparissus) with its buds ready to provide small yellow flowers.
I love that drift roses stay under two feet tall and continually bloom through autumn. To the right of them is Standing Cypress (Ipomopsis rubra) which will have brght red flowers in the heat of the summer.
Note the pieces of black ground-cover cloth. They was put down about nine years ago. Knowing what I know now – it doesn’t keep weeds from growing through the cloth; it hinders planting something new; and seems to last forever – I definitely would not use it again.
In the lower left corner are some native False Foxglove (Penstemon cobaea).
We have always called these natives that appear in the yard Lamb’s Ears because they look and feel like the ones sold in nurseries. They have soft, velvety foliage. But recently I learned that they are actually Mullein (Verbascum thapsus). They are sure plentiful around here. My husband loves to mow them down, but I want a few left to grow.
The leaves get about a sixteen inches in size. Then late in summer a tall stalk will reach about three feet in height and small yellow flowers will form an elongated cluster. Interesting plant.
Thanks for perusing my blog and enjoy your own green space.
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