There's my sister in law who planted the "Prettiest Window Box in Town" (and has a yard full of flowers), my cousin who has beautiful flowers in beds and in pots and my Aunt (my Mom's sister) who I visited with today, and still plants a couple big vegetable gardens and flowers in pots and beds.
My cousin likes to try more unusual perennials. Not the ones everybody plants. Here is one:
This one is a dropwort filependula. A little 18-24" ferny foliaged perennial with white tiny clustered blossoms that blow every so softly in the wind. I have one too that was a division of this one, but it is much smaller. A slower growing, non-invasive perennial.
I also like this Sea Thrift. A little grass like, slower growing tuft with bright pink balls of tiny blossoms on taller stems high above the foliage. Also in the photo, to the right, creeping thyme and in the background a miniature watering can with hen and chicks.
Also not a widely planted perennial because of the bright orangy red bloom color, is the Maltese Cross. I love red blossoms and think every garden or border need a few. I also grow Maltese Cross.
A little sedum in full bloom with some hen and chicks.
Look at the nice rock, manufactured edging she has around her flower border! We just missed her penstamon, creeping baby's breath, poppies and baptisia in full bloom, but maybe we can catch some summer bloomers yet this season. One of my favorites, Asiatic lilies are about to bloom.
One thing I noticed right away was that my cousin's potted plants were more advanced than mine! I am going to say it's because I had a cutworm caterpillar attack, and some are still recovering, and some were re-planted (or maybe it's because she uses Miracle - Gro potting soil?) Hmmm. Not sure. Oh I know, I was busy with a grad party the whole month of May!
Here is a nicely mounded little annual baby's breath on a black metal bench with one of her garden angels.
These pots too were outstanding! Have you ever seen a pansy pot so covered in blossoms as the pot with yellow pansies to the left of the bench? Those are pansies, the foliage is barely visible under all those blooms.
The Calibrachoa or Million Bells in rose color in the front, center is just gorgeous too. These, and the petunias were favorites of the cutworm caterpillar at my house.
A cute little metal chair with hen and chicks.
Also yellow Calibrachoa or Million Bells in yellow, purple Angelonia and not sure wat the trailing silvery foliage is in back.
Another sweet garden angel!
Metal flowers on the privacy fence and a "hummer" sign from the Tattered Angel, a local shop.
Beautiful lobelia. Not easy to grow in the north or south. Does not like heat but so pretty.
Finally a close up of annual grass new at one of our local greenhouses this year.
I hope you enjoyed "my cousin's flowers"!