Gardening information for zone 6 Ohio in neutral clay soil. The backbone of my gardens Hosta, Heather,
Heuchera, flowering shrubs, perennials, ground covers, conifers, and trees.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

August in Ohio Zone 6

The summer heat is always horrible in the month of August and of course our gardens start suffering by this time of the year, although this year has been so much better than the last few and although Spring was late and most of us suffered losses from the past Winter, overall it's been a really good gardening season.

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Daylily Ruby Spider center with Daylily Plum Perfect with Hydrangea Pinky Winky and Hydrangea Quick Fire in background with a few Hosta shown from the Hosta garden.

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The Daylilies start out next to the Hosta bed and the Japanese Maple Emperor 1.

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I moved Honeysuckle Major Wheeler up here from the Daylily and Iris bed and pruned it up quite a bit and it hasn't missed a beat.

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After moving out the Honeysuckle, I added in the Sambucus Sutherland Gold. It should some years down the road fill out most of the backdrop shown here and the Sambucus Black Lace to the left does well in this dry area so felt this would be a good choice. Love the golden fern like leaves of the Sambucus shrubs.

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Another gold one that I added in a couple years ago. The Gold Smoketree. I am very happy at the growth it has put on this year. Blooms take a couple years so I am assuming next year it will bloom and add to the beauty. Hydrangea Limelight and Quickfire on each side.

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Another area I have redone. Pulled out a Lilac and Hydragnea Vanilla Strawberry. Neither doing what I wanted. The center conifer is Picea pungens Procumbens that I will train up about 5 foot and then let weep. On each side I have added the new Barberry called Orange Rockets. Size is still up in the air but going by Sooner Nursery they feel they will be 6 to 8 feet which is my hope of over 6. The color combination should be great, now for the patience to watch them mature.

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Daylily collage of the beauties that have been blooming here this year, most of which are through now for the season, yet a few will still rebloom.

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And the few Lilies that I have gave me a lovely bloom season but are over with now also.