Several things did better than expected, including the newly planted tulips and peonies. In the end everything, except the clematis by the mailbox, a couple of boxwood and the rosemary and lavender bushes, eventually came back. The gardenias have lots of new growth, but they are not quite ready for prime time.
The Confederate Jasmine looked like toast through April, but look at it now.
With no blooms from the hydrangeas this summer, the hostas have taken center stage. What a show they are putting on! Nature never ceases to amaze me.
Some varieties of hostas grow much faster than others...or our local bunnies are more discerning than those to the north. They love and feast on the yellow variegated ones.
Until our cat, Coco, came to live with us, the flowers on these hostas never saw more than a day or two before the bunnies feasted on them. I planted coleus in the front this year but I will not be sure until it spreads some more. The coleus look beautiful next to the yellow variegated hostas but the latter have been overpowered by the others. I think perhaps I should have planted something with white or purple flowers. But I will think about that tomorrow....
If you look to the left in back you can see one of the Oak Leaf hydrangeas we planted last Fall. They are my new favorite!
There are some blooms on the mophead hydrangeas but the color is faded and blah. At this time in the summer they are usually in full bloom. You can barely see my friend Sandra's hydrangea to the right of the azaleas with just leaves again this year. She brought it as a baby when she came for lunch almost two years ago and I was so looking forward to its first blooms this year....
There was some color earlier in the summer from the New Dawn rose and the clematis Violette next to the birdhouse, but the flowers are long gone. I was amazed they both survived this past winter as they just went in the ground in April last year. According to those who know, the combination of the two is dynamite!
This part of the backyard gets afternoon sun which is deadly here in July and August; so whatever I plant next to the bird bath has to be heat and scorching sun tolerant.
Decisions, decisions, decisions!
The elephant ears are my daughter's. I saw a picture in one of the magazines recently with New Guinea Impatiens around the bottom. Next year....
More hostas on the side of the house next to the steps leading to the backyard. Last I counted, there were over 50 hostas in the garden planted by these little hands. Nothing more to add here...this is the Sous Chef's favorite place for her toilette. She is quite the acrobat!
Hostas and the newly planted lamium.
Our white crepe myrtle tree sets the tone for the colors in the front yard. The new roof and lots of $$ spent in keeping that grass green.
Artemisa and lambs ears, a purple clematis still in a copper pot, an English ivy topiary and the newly planted Winchester Cathedral rose from David Austin are thriving in front of the house.
There is another rose bush, just like this, on the other side of the path. You can see the purple platycodon, or balloon flowers, that survived, together with the dianthus, my inexperienced gardening the first year. Don't ask....I'm a city girl at heart although I spent a lot of time in the country when I was young.
Something low needs to replace what was lost in front of the rose bush, but not until next Spring. It's too darn hot out there.
This year I decided to go all white by the front door with fewer pots. It was an ordeal to keep them watered through the summer. One learns the hard way...
Something else that works...the ferns by the front door. They love that Georgia humidity in summer!
Well, I hope at least you are impressed with the way I can now rattle off the names of my plants. If you have been around long enough, you will remember how some of my readers had to help me decipher what was growing in the garden of the new house. Yes, some plants did not survive my ministrations or my discovery of Roundup. I was like a kid in a candy store...but that was a long time and many wasted $$$$ ago. It's the only way to learn.