Warming temperatures and longer days bring forth the first wave of blooms. Here’s to the flowers of June.
prairie smoke (geum triflorum)
The wispy plumes of prairie smoke are among the first to appear in the spring.
Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)
This shade-loving groundcover has attractive, diminutive white blooms.
Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)
Gentle, lavender blooms are a welcome sight in the dappled shade of this woodland garden.
Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea)
Known for it’s vibrant red stems, which are particular notable with the presence of snow, the red osier also produces and abundance of white flowers in the spring. These blooms give way to berries which are browsed by birds, squirrels and other wildlife.
Among the showy beardtongue family the large-flowered is one of the earliest.
It lives up to it’s name! Large, tubular flowers extend from the leaf nodes on each tall stalk.
Lance-leaved Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)
Warm rays of sunshine (an alternative to liquid sunshine) is how these blooms could be described. The lance-leaf produces an abundance flowers which sway upon spindly stalks.
Tall Cinquefoil (Potentilla arguta)
Small, buttercup blooms are a sported in clusters at the top of robust, hairy stems.
Hairy Beardtongue (Penstemon hirsutus)
Easy-going and full of color. The hairy beardtongue is adaptable to a variety of growing conditions and neatly fills in gaps. The hairy stalks are adorned with small white, purply-pinkish-bluish flowers.
White Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Lush, fern-like foliage and flat panicles of white flowers are displayed in abundance.
Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)
Brilliant warm, creamy blooms decorate the ninebark shrub.
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Abuzz with pollinators the common milkweed is a happening place full of a diversity of bees and butterflies indulging upon the nectar-rich blooms.
Foxglove Beartongue (Penstemon digitalis)
Late in June, the foxglove beardtongue begins its explosion of flowers Come July it will be in full swing.
Narrow-leaved vervain (Verbena simplex)
Humble in stature this vervain species flowers early and has interesting slender foliage.