4 Midsummer Favorites From a Plant Breeder’s Backyard

Though it could be practically inconceivable for any plant lover to decide on only one favourite, listed below are a couple of of the standouts that look particularly good in my Zone 6 Michigan backyard on the peak of the rising season.


1. ‘Conca d’Or’ Orienpet Lily

Conca d’Or Orienpet Lily

(Lilium ‘Conca d’Or’)

Zones: 5–8

Measurement: 4 to 7 ft tall and 1 to 2 ft large

Situations: Full solar to partial shade; moist, fertile, well-drained soil

Native vary: Hybrid

This aromatic magnificence could produce as much as a dozen flowers on every robust, upright stem. In windy areas, it could want staking. It is rather hardy and dependable, with cheerful blooms that glow in opposition to a column of deep inexperienced foliage over a protracted interval in midsummer.


2. ‘Inexperienced Arrow’ Alaskan Weeping Cedar

Green Arrow Alaskan Weeping Cedar

(Xanthocyparis nootkatensis ‘Inexperienced Arrow’)

Zones: 4–7

Measurement: 18 to 30 ft tall and a pair of to five ft large

Situations: Full solar to partial shade; moist to common, well-drained soil

Native vary: Coastal areas of northwestern North America

‘Inexperienced Arrow’ Alaskan weeping cedar has a distinctly linear, upright kind and dependable, grass-green winter shade—traits that set it other than ‘Pendula’ Alaskan weeping cedar. Though spectacular when planted as a single specimen, it’s much more spectacular in teams.


3. Eucalyptus Wild Indigo

Eucalyptus Wild Indigo

(Baptisia perfoliata)

Zones: 4–9

Measurement: 3 ft tall and large

Situations: Full solar; moist to dry, well-drained soil

Native vary: Southeastern United States

This unique-looking species of untamed indigo has rounded leaves punctured by wiry stems. Its small yellow flowers seem at leaf axils beginning in mid to late summer season and proceed for a number of weeks. The distinctive texture of eucalyptus wild indigo combines superbly with different perennials.


4. ‘Galaxy Blue’ Agapanthus

Galaxy Blue Agapanthus

(Agapanthus ‘Galaxy Blue’)

Zones: 6–10

Measurement: 36 to 40 inches tall and 28 to 30 inches large

Situations: Full solar; moist to common, well-drained soil

Native vary: Hybrid of species from southern Africa

I’ve been hybridizing agapanthus for 10 years, and this one is a standout. This can be very floriferous, bringing a hard-to-find shade of blue to the backyard from midsummer by way of early autumn. Reliably hardy to Zone 6, ‘Galaxy Blue’ does significantly nicely in areas with constantly heavy snowfall.

Hans Hansen is the director of recent plant improvement at Walters Gardens in Zeeland, Michigan.

Images: Carol Collins

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