Look What’s Blooming Now!

There’s one part of my garden where people stop and ask, “What are you going to do here?” It’s a difficult corner near the pond edge under a cluster of cottonwood trees. I’ve tried grasses, daylilies, various things that have been recommend for damp, shady areas. None of them live very long. Too wet. You dig a hole and it fills with water. And too much competition from tree roots. I’ve had the area plowed twice and added amendments, to little avail. A soil sample was carefully packed up and sent to Cornell Extension, where they diagnosed it as “too rich.” Well, something wonderful is blooming there, in all this heat and humidity.  It’s Hibiscus moscheutos — swamp rose mallow. Have a look. It’s a shrub-like perennial with robust, saucer-size flowers that are growing in clusters with lots of big buds that look like they’ll keep blooming through August.

The aptly named Swamp Rose Mallow thrives in damp areas. The saucer-size flowers just keep blooming.

About writedesigner

Graphic designer, writer, and gardener Ellen Shapiro is based in Irvington, New York. A frequent contributor to design blogs and magazines including Print, Imprint, Salon.com, Communication Arts, and Etapes, she writes about trends, issues and personalities in design, illustration, photography, and visual culture around the world.
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1 Response to Look What’s Blooming Now!

  1. Pru Montgomery says:

    How gorgeous! Lucky you to have wet soil! Our native shrubs love it, check out Itea and Clethra alnifolia.
    xoxo, Pru

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