Zepherine Drouhin...one of the very few climbing roses WITHOUT thorns. And she smells wonderful, too! Go ahead, close your eyes and take a whiff..isn't she sweet?!
Every garden needs a little white...not only to help blend strong color combinations but white blooms are what's visible to the eye in a night garden. I love this bright spirea and Snowball viburnum.
The very first bloom on my Knockout shrub rose.
The buds on this rhododendron really appears RED but in full bloom, she tends to look more hot pink.
Tinkerbell Lilac: Such big fragrance for this dwarf variety.
I added this spiderwort last summer because of their wonderful chartreuse foliage. The added bonus are these deep blue flowers...cool fuzzy centers huh?
False Indigo Baptisia: not as full or showy as in past years...I have a feeling they are getting choked out by the Joe Pye weed, which are ALL over the place.
Saved for last is my Best in Bloom Today...these gorgeous herbaceous peonies. The first to open are these single petaled variety. The centers remind me of bright yellow egg yolks.
This deep pinky purple is the second to bloom down the border. Whites and double pinks are still in buds. Some years they bloom 2-3 weeks, others 10 days, depending on weather.