It’s August and the mid- season daylily party is over. Sitting in my shady retreat on the chaise on the patio I built under the deck, I’m enjoying the mellow August garden. A few of the late blooming hemerocallis varieties still contribute to the color, but the riot has ended. Stems have been clipped and composted, and a quieter but still lovely August garden delights. Now it’s the hostas that flower in abundance. The color composition shifts from a rainbow of vivid warm and hot colors to the lovely pale lavender tubes that attracts my “resident” hummingbird.
The first photo shows the combination of the tall scapes of hosta ‘Krossa Regal‘ paired with the equally tall melon colored hemerocallis–I think ’Minaret’ in the left side of my back garden. Below the second photo reveals more detail.
Peeking just above and behind the hosta foliage are a couple of blooms from the mid-to-late season hemerocallis ’Strutters Ball ’. The deep cranberry purple burgundy add just the right note of color to the silvery blue hosta foliage and the pale lavender and melon colored flowers. I look forward to this blooming pairing every year.
Below, in another part of the garden, the shorter astilbe c. pumila blooms happily along the fieldstone stepping stone path and the lavender flowers contrast nicely with yellow foliage of the large leafed hosta ‘Sum & Substance’. Quiet, but charming, and nice to enjoy on warm summer afternoons and view from my office windows.