I took a walk in my garden today; it was a gorgeous, hot, sunny day. I would like to share with you three photographs of special spots that captured my eye…and my heart.
The first is Itoh peony ‘Bartzella.’
Itoh peonies are crosses between herbaceous peonies and tree peonies. They have huge blossoms (this one is over 7 inches across), they stand up in wind and rain, and they last longer than their herbaceous sisters. Nothing in my garden elicits more raves than ‘Bartzella.’ They are still expensive but worth every penny. You may want to visit firstname.lastname@example.org to see examples of Itoh peonies that are available.
Next is my very favorite heuchera, ‘Caramel.’
Heuchera villosa ‘Caramel’ is arguably the most popular heuchera in garden centers in our area. This one has been in the ground for over six years. In late winter I remove last years foliage, and the new growth is fresh and beautiful. It will put up stalks of tiny flowers later in the year, but I don’t care; I just love the foliage.
Last, but no means least, is Iris sibirica ‘Caesar’s Brother.’
I have four clumps of ‘Caesar’s Brother’ in my garden, and when they are in bloom, it is hard to look anywhere else. The four large clumps have all come from divisions over the years from a “parent” clump in my Chapel Hill garden several decades ago. My Arranger helps me deadhead them, and then I cut them back in fall. And that’s it; I don’t have to do anything else but smile and watch them grow.
Plants like these three are what makes gardening such a joy and blessing.