I turned on the sprinklers this morning, even though we have an overcast day. I'm not counting on rain. But it is a bit cooler. Here are a few things I'm liking in the yard.
The pink chintz thyme is just so lovely. It is intensely pink. Later on the blooms will fade and this will be a lovely spring green the rest of the summer. I have to shear off the dead blooms. If I didn't have those stepping stones in there, I could use a small mower. This thyme is 'walkable' meaning that you can step on it and no harm. One web site I visit for drought-tolerant plants says you can train this to be an entire lawn. Wouldn't that be lovely! In a week or so I'm going to divide some of this and expand my pathway. My vision here was a thyme pathway leading up through the water-wise section of my yard. (Click on images to see larger.)
On the west border of the front lawn I have this little wisteria that never gives up. I pruned it mercilessly earlier this spring and didn't expect blooms, but there you are. Yes, I should have mown the grass yesterday, but instead went to the symphony with my friends. You can see a bit of my front corner garden that is all perennials and coming along nicely. I will probably supplement with a few petunias to get some color in there now as most of this garden doesn't start blooming until later in June.
The creeping phlox is always so nice. I've had to add in more of the deep pink as it keeps getting crowded out by the white and lavender. Also in this garden are many perennials that will bloom throughout the summer and fall.
And here is the hard worker of the garden, the Jupiter's Beard. It dies down completely every year and starts fresh every spring. It's about three feet in height now and will grow no higher. Very bushy and green lasting well into the fall, often to the first snow. The red blooms are just starting and will be larger. Then when those blooms die out, you are left with small red buds like you see here, also lasting until the frost.
This plant reproduces like rabbits! I have to pull the many starts like weeds or it would take over everything. I have transplanted volunteers everywhere in the yard. At least the little plants are easy to remove, unlike the viney myrtle.