Clivia Lillie from Africa, bring inside for winter.
I absolutely love flowers! I have them everywhere. Which translates in to “I have to have a way to say no” to all the beauty available in catalogs and at nurseries. I had to set some parameters for myself.
I have a fairly small yard so only the smallest dwarf versions of shrubs can be considered. Being more diligent in purchasing plants that fit my light conditions was another given. I needed to control my successes and failures better. When buying perennials in season, most plants are $10.00 to $25.00 and that is for the more common ones. Some budget controls are in order.
No matter how much I might long for all the flowers in the catalog, I narrowed my selection of plants to blooms and seeds that attract birds, especially hummers, bees and butterflies. I have selected plants that bloom at different periods during the summer to keep a food supply for the hummers. If the bloom has a fragrance it is more likely to find residency in my yard.
I try to reserve some space for winter interest with texture variations, height, or being an evergreen plant.
My mother had many iris so I have to have them, violating all my parameters. And then there are the lilies with so many colors, blooming periods and varied heights. Needless to say, I have several Oriental Lillies for their heady fragrance and long lasting blooms. I planted a couple more this spring. After all, they were on sale!
When I garden, I make my own rules and then bend them just a bit here and there when my resistance is low. Mostly, every gardener needs to enjoy each and every plant.
Row of Day Lillies along front walk way, continuous blooms all summer.
Fragrant Nicotiana placed by the back door, started from seed.
Highly fragant Star Gazer Oriental Lillie.
Tall pink blooms are Bee Balm, simply loved by bees and hummers.