June and July brings swaths of dazzling flowers, stunning foliage, and the invasive weeds that want to take control of your garden.
Rainy Zone Newsletter
In This Issue
  • A Floral Symphony
  • Creeping Gloxinia Basket
  • Plants to Watch
  • Frondescence Please!
  • Beauty and the Beasts
  • Thornless Raspberries in a Pot
Creeping gloxinia in a hanging basket.
Creeping Gloxinia Basket

Four creeping gloxinias (Lophospermum erubescens) fill this hanging basket, which is just coming into bloom in June.

Flowers & Foliage & Weeds

A Floral Symphony

June and July brings swaths of dazzling flowers, stunning foliage, and invasive weeds that want to take control of your garden.

This month your newsletter begins with a relaxing video full of floral eye candy set to a tranquil instrumental—“Silkworm” by Richard Heacock. Botanical names are included so you can look up information if you want to learn more. View the video by clicking on the image above.

Plants to Watch

Three stunning plants to watch for in a nursery near you are Mahonia 'Soft Caress', an Oregon grape with bamboo-like foliage, Digitalis 'Illumination Pink', an inter-generic foxglove hybrid and Festuca glaucaCasca11' (Fescue Beyond Blue™) .
Mahonia 'Soft Caress'
Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’ was named the 2013 RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year at the Chelsea Garden Show in England. The shrub showed up as a plant mutation in Chamblee, Georgia. With its soft, feathery leaves, the foliage alone makes this one worth growing in the shade where it will bloom in late winter. In addition, there are no spines to scrape your skin!

Image courtesy of Sunset Western Garden Collection.

Rogersia and Persicaria Foliage
Frondescence Please!

I was cruising through a catalog one morning, enjoying all the flower images inside its covers. Stunning photos of remarkable blossoms help nurseries sell their wares; however, what I wanted to see is the frondescence, and lots of it! Great garden designs include components of fabulous leaf textures as well as flowers. Read Article.

Digitalis 'Illumination Pink'
Digitalis ‘Illumination Pink’ also known under the name Digiplexis took the 2012 RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year. A cross between Digitalis (Isoplexis) canarienses and Digitalis purpurea, makes this a tropical-looking foxglove we can grow without worrying that it may become a weedy pest in the Northwest. We should see the new Mahonia and Digitalis showing up soon in a nursery near you!

Image courtesy of Thompson & Morgan.

Mock Orange Blossoms
Beauty and the Beasts — In the Garden?

...The fragrance coming from these luscious flowers is unbelievable. I cannot get enough of this intoxicating scent!

But alas, she is surrounded by horrible weeds that seek to cover up her beauty and distract the lowly gardener from her lovely visage. Ah, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, yes? Read more.

Festuca glauca 'Casca11'
Festuca glauca ‘Casca11' (Fescue Beyond Blue™) with its powder blue foliage, is a new introduction from our own Northwest Skagit Gardens. They consider it the bluest of the blue fescues. I grow it in an urn, where it adds attractive foliar affects to the blue and silver themed plantings. In the garden or in a container. this fescue will be a great addition to the landscape!

Image courtesy of Skagit Gardens.

Raspberry Dog
Thornless Raspberries in a Pot

With so many new fruit plant introductions, homegrown, edible gardening is not what it used to be. Who would have guessed that one day we could grow a shrubby, thornless raspberry (Rubus idaeus 'NR7'), in a pot?

Why the dog? Read More.
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