The longest day of the year officially began at about ten to seven this morning. Realizing that this means tomorrow marks the inexorable decline of daylight hours into another long, slow winter, I figure celebrating heat and happiness is in order. After snooping in a lot of people’s gardens, I’m loving these ways to get the most out of summer in my garden. Just click on the first bubble to start the slideshow and story.
I’m going to plant an “Oh, wow!” plant to bring light to a dark corner like this Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus). Native to North America, it’s very hardy, pollution and drought tolerant and can thrive in part sun. And it’s the perfect size for a city or suburban garden, growing only to a maximum of 20 feet in height.
I’m going to rethink the old umbrella over the patio table. Rows of hanging baskets brimming with scarlet geraniums seems so much more, well, more.
What better way to pay tribute to the month than planting ‘June’, a glorious hosta with golden leaves streaked at the margins in celadon and blue. This hosta practically glows in the dark.
Outdoor walls and stairwells can be brightened with trailing plants, for sure, but let’s not forget what a little paint can do, too.
Sure, baskets filled with plants (or just artfully arranged sticks) can be placed on a stand but why not use a naturally branching tree as a bolder kind of holder.
I’m going to add some not-so-cute critters in unexpected places.
And give a nod to this shortest of nights with some love for night critters.