End of Month View: July 2015

Today is the last day of the month, time for the End of the Month View, suggested by Helen Johnstone at The Patient Gardener’s Weblog. Rather than show wide vistas of a garden that is suffering somewhat from lack of rain and too much heat, I decided that I would offer close-up photographs of individual flowers that are doing well.

Clearly the main color in the garden right now is coming from the crape myrtles. I am growing at least eight different varieties, and here are a few that are showing off their color right now (the blooms on several were too high up for me to reach with the camera).

The garden phlox have really struggled in their battles with rabbits, but a few have made it to bloom. I’m delighted to note that several that were badly eaten down by the furry creatures have put out new growth and I expect them to bloom soon. I deadhead the garden phlox, and they have reliably given me a second period of bloom. I was disappointed when the white phlox ‘David’ not not come back last spring. I will certainly try to find replacements in the fall.

Lantana is a staple annual in our summer pots. These are doing well…surely because I have hand watered them regularly.

The hydrangeas have also been slow and somewhat sparse this year, but what we have are lovely.

Dianthus and coneflower:

Coreopsis ‘Creme Brulee,’ Society Ginger, calibrachoa, geranium, and dipladenia:

Viburnum ‘Summer snowflake,’ trailing vinca, pink Knockout rose, marigold, Clematis ‘General Sikorski,’ and the seed pods of Berckmann’s arborvitae:



About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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6 Responses to End of Month View: July 2015

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Lots of nice color John. We watched big storms pass right by us last night. Hope you get some rain soon.

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  2. Pauline says:

    In spite of your drought, you have many beautiful flowers. It does become difficult when watering is restricted, to keep a garden looking beautiful, but plants are tough, it’s amazing what they can cope with.


  3. Sorry to hear your ‘David’ Phlox did not come back. It is really a beauty, especially if you like white flowers. Will you try it again or plant a different variety?


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