May is always a great time for the garden. Plants and flowers generally look great this time of year. The weather is beginning to warm but the oncoming heat of summer hasn’t bleached out the beauty of the flowers and foliage. Many things are happening around the garden and here’s a few images from my Tennessee garden at the end of May.
Let’s start today’s tour with a few of the daylilies. This daylily is ‘New Clown Face’.
from the ‘Space Coast’ series of daylilies
More blooms coming soon!
Daylilies are one of those nearly trouble free plants. They are great for first time hybridizers as the flower parts are easily accessible! They really enjoy full sun so if you have a garden with very few trees they will do great for you!
The hostas are doing really great this year too. Below are three hosta varieties in my garden that stand out to me.
‘Empress Wu’ gets large! 5′ wide by 3′ tall at full growth. Mine is only about a year and a half old and has some really giant size leaves. I planted it in the back of the bed to be a backdrop for other plants but it will eventually overcome the shorter hostas in front. That’s fine since hostas enjoy being transplanted and divided periodically and that will give me the opportunity to rearrange things and make more plants (which you know I enjoy!)
‘Krossa Regal’ Hosta
‘Paul’s Glory’ Hosta
Another plant that never fails to impress is the Oak Leaf hydrangea. It is always loaded with flowers. It’s a nearly trouble free hydrangea that if planted in the right place (part shade to shade) will do well for a long time!
The flowers of the Oak Leaf hydrangea.
My oak leaf hydrangea is planted along the side of our home near the Japanese maple and arbor.
How is your May garden growing?