|Chrysanthemum 'Mary Stoker'|
I love how the bright red fall foliage of geranium wlassovianum sets off the yellow flowers of hardy Chrysanthemum 'Mary Stoker'. This is the first year for the chrysanthemum so it's still small. I'm hoping it lives up to its reputation and proves to be hardy and perennial here.
My Japanese anemone has also started blooming. It's also in its first year and still small. I love all anemones - 'Alice' is a cultivar with large double pink flowers.
|Anemone 'Alice' with Sedum|
I have it planted near a sedum, whose bronzey-pink flowers harmonize nicely.
|Sedum with calamintha and nepeta|
Here is another sedum, this time with calamint and catmint. The calamint blooms non-stop from mid-summer to frost, and is an absolute favorite of the bees.
|Amsonia hubrichtii, geranium sanguineum 'Shepherd's Warning', Calamintha|
I liked it so much I planted another one, this time near an amsonia and some geraniums.
|Lavender, kalimeris pinnatifida 'Hortensis', echium|
Another flower-power workhorse is this kalimeris, or Japanese false aster. This year the rabbits decided to eat the nearby roses instead of the kalimeris, so it has actually been able to grow and bloom. It also blooms profusely for virtually the entire summer. I love this little combo of kalimeris, lavender and echium (which has so far produced nothing but strappy leaves). Here is another shot of the kalimeris close-up - isn't it cute?
|Kalimeris pinnatifida 'Hortensis'|
|Peony, sage, rosa 'Eglantyne', and perovskia (Russian sage)|
|Rosa 'Eglantyne' with common sage|