A few things, like Verbena bonariensis, hang on tenaciously. I keep cutting back spent stalks to prevent being overrun by seedlings in the spring, but new flowering stems quickly replace them.
Primroses bloom, off and on, year-round. The taller stems on this and the next, from Linda, keep the blossoms from getting tattered and waterlogged.
I would never wear ‘Lipstick’ this color, but it looks good on the ground cover
The greensward that surrounds our house is a sorry excuse for a lawn, but large sections of it are being overtaken by natives such as this Prunella vulgaris. More power to it, say I.
Some of the grasses have been flowering for a long time, but Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’ is just coming on. It looks a bit more like its name earlier on, when the leaves are a steely deep blue, but the sparkly effect of the flower heads is not to be missed.
Panicum ‘Shenandoah’ especially benefits from the dark background of the evergreens when the light hits it.
I may be mistaken in my ID of this grass as
Panicum virgatum ‘Rotestrahlbusch’, but whatever its name, the way the foliage catches the light rivals the flowers. Corrections in nomenclature welcomed (Scott says it is a Miscanthus)
Once again, the Kniphofia multiflora is racing against the weather to bring forth a flowering stalk. I quite like it at this stage, so whatever happens from here on out is OK with me.
While some gardens are dwindling, somewhere in the world they are just coming on: reason enough to follow Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.