Common Witch Hazel
Rosa Rugosa, sp. These roses are pretty hardy around these parts, but this particular variety is quite fragrant - this one bloom (also inset) spreads a sweet aroma many feet away from the plant.
Border with Walker's Low Catmint, Phenomenal lavender, Japanese Iris, Red Knock Out Roses
Perennial Blanket Flowers in front row. You may be able to see lavender plants and Russian sages in two rows behind them.
Hosta Sum and Substance, Phenomenal Lavender, Daylillies, Husker's Red Penstemon, Forget-Me-Nots
Hedge Row of Carefree Delight Roses, Mock Orange, Rosa Rugosa and other plantings.
? Tulip and oregano
Five Spot. Good self-seeder.
Knock Out Yellow Rose. Extremely fragrant!
Many of the plants in the front yard of the rectory are now three years old. They were started from young seedlings, cuttings or seed plugs so they have taken a while to get growing. Add a few unsual storms the usual crop of bunnies and deer and you've got the usual recipe for some plants succeeding and others failing. A few clematis vines which met up with the weed wacker last year are back and look like they're happy. So perhaps this summer will be a good year for flowering and more mature plants.
The show of daffodils was delightful and they were only planted last fall. The varieties I selected were quite fragrant and the trumpets were bold and yellow.
I try to select perennials for their hardiness and the annuals for their capacity to self-sow. Gardens are, after all, partly for us to enjoy and partly for future generations too.
May we all have good luck with our gardens and have at least some of our efforts rewarded!