For those of you that get bored with looking at flowers this probably isn’t the post for you. But, I know I will enjoy looking at pictures of my summer garden tour when snow is covering my yard in the dead of winter :). This tour is more of an up close view of what’s growing in my summer garden since the flowers steal the show.
Summer Garden Tour
We have only been in our house two years now but since moving in we have taken down so many trees to let the sun in and planted many shrubs and flowers to add a contrast of colors to all the brown and green. We still have a long way to go. To see what my garden looked like in the spring, click here.
We do have a lot of shade still next to my house and garage but I am able to add color with hostas and hydrangeas.
Hydrangeas are my absolute favorite they were our wedding flowers and they so easy to grow and look beautiful in the summer. We planted a whole row of Annabelle hydrangeas along our lane, AKA our driveway.
We have probably planted 30-40 since moving in. I think I have added one to every garden bed on our property.
You can never have too many:). They are still mostly pretty small but as they say in gardening, “the first year they sleep, second year they creep and third year they leap”. Next year I am hoping will be my leap year especially for my trees and hydrangeas.
Daylilies are another favorite summer flower of mine.
They come is almost every color imaginable.
In our last house my next door neighbor was an avid gardener and she loved daylilies.
She introduced my to the “Day Lily Lady” (a woman who owns a property less than an hour away that has at least an acre of every day lily imaginable).
Above is “Dance Ballerina Dance,” my favorite day lily.You go in July and pick out the ones you want and when it’s time to cut them down in the fall she divides them and you pick them up.
None of mine were more than $9. Right before we moved here I divided my daylilies at the Suburban Split to bring here.
I planted them just to the left of our front walkway with some hydrangeas and a flowering Okame cherry tree where I can see them from my kitchen’s bay window.
Our Southern Magnolia southern magnolia is in this garden too.
We are also blessed to have raspberries already here. My neighbor has also graciously let us take care of her raspberry patch since she is unable to anymore. The kids love picked a basket for us as well as one for her.
We also planted 2 Winesap apple trees right after moving in. This year we were finally blessed with 2 apples.
It is my dream that one day we will have enough to make our applesauce with instead of having to buy some. I am hoping that now that our yard in completely fenced in it will help keep the deer out:), well see. I hope to have a large veggie/ herb garden started next year too.
We have been very busy fencing in for the furry guy above and taking out overgrown bushes in the back in order to regrade our yard to have time to have time for veggies and herbs yet. I can’t wait to show you guys what the back of our house looks like later this week. We are almost done.
There’s something magical about summer nights too. We love sitting out at our stone patio fire pit and watching the sunset.
Or having a drink after putting the 2 youngest to bed on our new private deck of the kitchen….
I know it takes a long time for gardens to really establish and mine is in the very beginning stages of that but I am excited to think about what it will look like someday. If you made it to the end then you probably love flowers too! I would love to hear your favorites!
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