First red hibiscus bloom today! ...and other stuff....
Hibiscuses are the stars of the August garden here and the red ones always stand out/grab one's attention. The first 'Fireball' opened today, but no flowers yet from Lord Baltimore, Luna Red or Midnight Marvel. The pale pink Disco Belles (?) started blooming about 10 days ago but are not quite at their peak. The dark pink one also opened its first flower today.
Fireball - an odd picture but I couldn't get any closer as the bed is packed with stuff at this point in the season :-)
The hibiscus to the left of the veronicastrum in this picture is a red one (Lord Baltimore) that makes a striking combination with the white of the veronicastrum and the hydrangeas in the background when it gets around to blooming - hopefully in a few days from now....
The deep pink no-name:
The pale pinks that are most common in our garden:
Most of the pale pink ones have a deep pink eye but, as you can see in this picture, some of them do not have the dark eye
The 'Bobo' hydrangea I added last year to replace a phlox 'David' is in bloom now but still quite small. This is another not-very-good picture showing it with some of its companions. The dwarf white butterfly bush is the only butterfly bush that survived the winter for me! It was planted late last summer too. The 'My Monet' weigelia is still tiny in its third or fourth year now - but is starting to look like maybe it might actually turn into something worth its place in the garden! The red stems in the background belong to another 'Fireball' hibiscus.
On the south side of the driveway the 'hot' garden is looking good - better than this picture shows as the colors are all washed out in the picture!
The 'Midnight Marvel' red hibiscus is on the far side of the dark ninebark shrub and its foliage blends in completely with the shrub. I hope that, when the hibiscus blooms, it'll look like the ninebark has red flowers....The 'Paprika' rose is suffering from aphids but still blooming and getting ready to form the relatively showy hips. The 'Pink Beauty' potentilla shrub flower color is more peachy-pink than it appears in the picture. Temeratures have been cooler than normal here which always brings out the peach tone in the potentilla flowers.
The empty spot between the potentilla and the heucheras in the picture below is waiting for an orange Mammoth mum to arrive at a local garden center....
I'm always a bit surprised by the front garden in August. There's more going on there than I expect!