Favorites in Francis’s Garden – FineGardening


Today we’re visiting Francis’s garden in Hartsdale, New York.

My hybrid hardy hibiscus (Zones 5–9) is a cross I made with the variety ‘Kopper King’. In front a phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 4–8) blooms as well.

close up of bright yellow flowersLigularia ‘Othello’ (Zones 3–8) has showy yellow flowers, as seen here, but is notable for its dramatic dark leaves.

close up of a monarch butterfly on joe pye weed flower‘Little Joe’ (Eutrochium dubium ‘Little Joe’, Zones 3–9) is a more compact version of Joe Pye weed, and the big heads of tiny flowers are very attractive to butterflies and other pollinators.

path cutting through a shade garden with lots of foliage plantsThe garden in May with new foliage out in peak lushness and beauty

In July, the phlox and hardy hibiscus showed off with colorful flowers.

garden with bright orange and red flowersButterfly weed (Asclepius tuberosus, Zones 5–9) is covered with bright orange flowers. Behind it, a tall stand of crocosmia (Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, Zones 5–9) adds intense red flowers to the mix.

close up of bright red crocosmia flowersNative to Africa, many varieties of crocosmia can be a little tender, but the cultivar ‘Lucifer’ is the most cold hardy and vigorous.

 

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