Sun Loving Plants Blooming in May
Baptisia australisa is one plant that we have incorporated in many flower beds. The bumblebees that are constantly buzzing around its blue flowers are mesmerizing. Check out my video on Instagram to see the bees working the flowers.
These native flowers have a spectacular blue color and the seed pods that form after pollination are just as remarkable.
Because I am so fond of the wild indigo, I am experimenting with two cultivars, 'Pink Lemonade' and 'Dutch Chocolate'.
The dark purple, almost black, flowers of 'Dutch Chocolate' pairs nicely with the yellow bearded irises from my mother's garden.
My observations are that the bumblebees are just as fond of these Baptisia cultivars. The Mt. Cuba Center did some trials on various cultivars. You can see their findings here.
Nearby the fragrant mimosa (Mimosa borealis) shrub is in full bloom. Its dainty, yet showy, fragrant blooms are characteristic of mimosa flowers and enjoyed by pollinators. Native to Texas and a few of its surrounding states, we purchased them locally at GSU Perimeter College native plant sale years ago as a specimen plant in our garden.
In the front porch garden, the golden alexanders have finished flowering and the gaillardia are holding down the fort until the butterfly weed and rudbeckia begin to bloom.
Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica) 'Henry's Garnet' is a prolific bloomer. An easy to grow shrub, we have it in several flower beds around our garden, including the space between the house and walk to the front door. I hope the Amazon delivery folks have been enjoying the blooms these last weeks.
I love the arching branches, which give it a willowy look. The flowers that emerge in late April and bloom through May are visited by bees and butterflies. The tree frogs also like to hang out in this shrub, where they blend with the foliage.
|Itea virginica above stack stone wall and path to kitchen garden. Notice brown turkey fig in back.|
Tip: For Mother's Day this year, we cut flowers from our garden and discovered that Itea lasts a long time as a cut flower.
|Virginia sweetspire and wild indigo in vase|
The penstemon 'Prairie Twilight' was added to accent the dark leaves on the redbud (Cercis canadensis) 'Forest Pansy' and pink blooms of the yarrow.
Penstemon make good container plants too. Here's Bella showing off our patio container.
The Southern Wax Myrtle (Morella cerifera), has unremarkable blooms to the human eye, but bees adore them. Our shrubs are abuzz with busy bees, and when their work is done, berries will form supporting birds throughout fall and winter.
I'm days late for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. This seems to be how I roll these days. Graciously hosted by May Dreams Gardens, I encourage you to pop over to Carol's blog and see what fellow gardeners from around the globe have blooming in their gardens. It's always an inspiration.