The first dwarf Rose of Sharon, Lil’ Kim Hibiscus tops out at 4′ tall. A unique little shrub with striking white flowers punctuated with showy red eyes. Extremely versatile, it works well in mixed containers, perennial gardens, as a low growing hedge, or around decks or entry gardens. A long bloomer, flowering begins in summer and continues through autumn. Read more here.
We’ve been given two new Clematis to try and are extremely impressed with their blooming power and beautiful blossoms. Happy Jack, a plumb-purple that is said to be an improved C. jackmanii, and Jolly Good with lovely lilac blossoms. Unlike older varieties that only bloom once, the word out is that these beauties will continue to bloom all summer into fall. Take a look at Jolly Good here, and Happy Jack here.
I am so impressed with Mel’s Blue Stokes Aster. I just planted a SC little baby this spring, and this is the result. So amazed, I started counting the blossoms and stopped at 75 buds. The flowers are massive too! Perennial. Go here to read more and see the latest pictures of it in my garden.
If you’re on a mission to experience butterflies and bees head on over to Shaw Nature Reserve. The fields are blanketed with wildflowers. In peak bloom now, Wild Bergamot, Monarda fistulosa, attracts swarms of butterflies and bees. To give you a peek of what you’ll see, I’ve just updated SC’s Wild Bergamot’s web page with photos recently taken at Shaw. See it here. Enjoy!