A Look Around the May Garden

New Clown Face Daylily

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’.

New Clown Face Daylily

Hemermocallis fulva


from the ‘Space Coast’ series of daylilies


More blooms coming soon!

daylily buds 5-30-2016Daylilies 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’

‘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!)

empress wu hosta 5-30-2016

‘Krossa Regal’ Hosta

Krossa Regal Hosta 5-30-2016

‘Paul’s Glory’ Hosta

Pauls Glory Hosta 5-30-2016

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!

oak leaf hydrangea 5-30-2016

The flowers of the Oak Leaf hydrangea.

oak leaf hydrangea 2 5-30-2016

My oak leaf hydrangea is planted along the side of our home near the Japanese maple and arbor.

oak leaf hydrangea japanese maple 5-30-2016

How is your May garden growing?