Perennials Around the Deck

In my last post I showed you some of the perennials around our vegetable garden. In this post I'll show you some of the perennials in the garden around our deck.

Despite my title not all of these plants are perennials. One of the most striking plants in this grouping is in fact an annual - the moonflower. It blooms in the late afternoons and evenings, plus looks great on arbors! I hope to start several of these indoors in biodegradable pots before planting outside. I suspect rabbits took a few nibbles and delayed the growth of moonflowers in my 2009 garden. In the foreground is one of my favorite perennials 'Oranges and Lemons' Gaillardia and is surrounded by mint. The mint is contained and was used frequently in our southern ice tea - I like it sweet! The blue flowers you see near the moonflower is a 'Longwood Blue' Caryopteris. I like caryopteris for its fall blooms. It reliably flowers every September here and is a perfect pollinator magnet. In between the gaillardia and the caryopteris is a spent gladiola. I try to leave foliage on my bulb/corm plants as long as possible to help them get as much benefit from the sun as they can.

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