|Rosa damascena 'Ispahan' - bud|
My mid/late-season herbaceous peonies are also just beginning to open. The late one has not even begun yet. Again, about two weeks behind.
|Peony 'Paul M. Wild' with penstemon|
|Peony 'Myrtle Gentry'|
My blue penstemon is looking great right now. The color is really electric.
|Penstemon 'Riding Hood Blue'|
This is the first year of bloom for my yellow foxgloves. I started them from seed last year. Supposedly this type will be perennial... I sure hope so because I love it!
|Digitalis grandiflora (Yellow Foxglove)|
Astrantia is also just getting started, not at its peak yet.
Thymes are blooming here and there, like this one at the foot of some rocks.
|Thyme and Sedum 'Angelina'|
Some things have been blooming for a while. This polemonium, for example, has been going for several weeks now.
|Polemonium caeruleum (Jacob's Ladder) 'Blue Pearl'|
And the Lady's Mantle.
|Alchemilla mollis (Lady's Mantle)|
Several geraniums, including 'Johnson's Blue' and 'Biokovo'.
|Geranium 'Johnson's Blue'|
A new crop of blue tradescantia flowers opens each morning, and the foliage still looks fresh at this point in the summer.
|Tradescantia 'Blue Stone'|
Corydalis lutea is an all-summer blooming machine.
The plant that takes the prize for longest-blooming in my garden is this lamium. It was one of the first to begin and will continue to bloom until frost.
|Lamium 'Orchid Frost'|
Bleeding hearts are past their prime, but a few blooms still dangle from the huge mass of foliage, complementing the nearby sprays of pink heuchera.
|Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding Hearts) with ferns, heuchera, polygonatum|
Finally, the Lamb's Ears I winter-sowed last year are starting to bloom. The flowers are not attractive, but the plant makes nice edger in this hot driveway border.
|Stachys byzantina (Lamb's Ears)|