July in Tingshu’s Back Garden

We’re back in Massachusetts today, visiting Tingshu Hu’s garden. We saw her front garden in July yesterday, and today we’re moving to the back garden in high summer.

Early morning sun shines on the fish pond after a day of heavy rain. ‘Blue Spruce’ sedum (Sedum reflexum ‘Blue Spruce’, Zones 4–9) with yellow flower stems rise alongside the pink coral bell flowers (Heuchera hybrid, Zones 4–9). A frog sits on top of a lily pad.

close up of garden pond and plants growing on waterAlong with the water lily (Nymphaea sp.) flowers, you can see at least two frogs in the pond if you look closely.

view into the garden with orange flowers in foreground and pergola covered in pink flowers in backgroundOrange daylily (Hemerocallis fulva, Zones 4–9) blooming in the front. The pergola is covered with Clematis flowers.

close up of garden with bright pink flowers in foreground and orange flowers in backgroundLooking from behind the pergola, you can see clematis flowers on the left, and rose campion (Lychnis coronaria, Zones 4–8) and white hollyhock (Alcea rosea, Zones 2 –10) in the front. There are more blooms of the orange daylily in the back.

small brick patio surrounded by dense garden bedsPenstemon (Penstemon digitalis, Zones 3–8) and delphinium (Delphinium elatum, Zones 3–7) in the center continued to flower since late June. In July the daylily’s orange flowers and smooth hydrangea‘s white flowers (Hydrangea arborescens, Zones 3–9) joined the show. On the pergola are pink-white flowers of Rosa ‘New Dawn’ (Zones 5–11).

close up of bright pink, purple and yellow flowers growing in front of a fenceRose campion, Rosa ‘Don Juan’ (Zones 5–9), astilbe (Astilbe chinensis, Zones 4–8), and daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Stella De Oro’, Zones 3–10)

pergola on side of house with small seating area and lots of plantsLooking across the grape pergola, you can see Rosa ‘Don Juan’, rose campion, astilbe, and daylily on the right side, with smooth hydrangea’s white flowers on the other end.

close up of garden bed with colorful foliage and orange flowers in the backgroundCordyline ‘Red Sister’ (Zones 9–11) is in the front, with daylily and smooth hydrangea flowering farther away.

backyard garden with orange flowers and lots of foliage plantsCanna ‘Striata’ (Zones 8–10 or as a tender bulb) stands tall. To the left of it are the very fragrant flowers of Lilium ‘Yelloween’ (Zones 4–9).

wide view of back garden with bright flowers and foliageCanna leaves in the morning sunshine provide a background for the flowers of the purple dahlia (Dahlia variabilis, Zones 8–10 or as a tender bulb).


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