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The end of July is bringing cool, wet weather to my garden here in Greater Cincinnati. I'm not complaining because it's incredibly pleasant gardening and dog-walking weather in between the storms but the weird weather patterns are a bit worrisome. But my flower garden is appreciating the mild weather - the sunflowers are over 10ft high an blooming like crazy and the 'Heavenly Blue' morning glories I planted to grow on them are just beginning to bloom now too! I hope all is growing well with you too! Please tell your friends about us and be good and grow! ~ Jack   July 28, 2014

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Portulaca oleracea

This semi-succulent annual is a robust weedy species from south Asia that has spread its range across much of the world. Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) is edible and high in nutrients. Garden cultivars have larger flowers and a longer blooming season. The plants form mats of attractive foliage with brilliantly-hued flowers that are extremely drought tolerant and will thrive in hot, sunny situations. Read about purslane, both a pretty garden flower and annoying weed that grows in USDA Zones 5 - 11.

Summertime Wallpaper

'South Pacific Scarlet' Canna

This is a new selection of hybrid canna (Canna X generalis). Unlike many of the cannas that are 4 or 5 feet tall this beauty is less than 2 feet in height. 'South Pacific Scarlet' is perfect for beds and containers and I want one (some). Download this and other images from the Hybrid Canna Wallpaper Gallery.

Shasta daisies
Shasta Daisies
That perennial summertime garden favorite, the Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum X superbum) is in its full floral glory at this time of year. Download a large version to of these daisies to display on your desktop.

'Paprika' Yarrow
'Paprika' Yarrow
Common yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a North American native wildflower species that thrives in the heat and humidity of mid-summer. 'Paprika' is a particularly showy cultivar that is also attractive to butterflies. Download a large version to display on your desktop.

Hardy Hibiscus
'Lord Baltimore' Hardy Hibiscus

Here is a super showy hibiscus for gardeners who live cold climates. There are several cultivars of the swamp (aka "hardy") hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos). All produce scores of huge blossoms throughout the season and all are spectacular but 'Lord Baltimore' is my favorite and certainly the most colorful. Click to download a large version (800x600) to display on your computer desktop.

Visit the Wallpaper Browser page to see more than 1,500 larger format (800x600px) plant images. Links to these images are also present in the title area of each Plant Profile.

Articles & Resources

Giant Hogweed

Everyone knows what a weed is: it’s a plant growing in the wrong place. Whether it’s in an aquarium, in a potted plant, in a garden, or widespread in a field, it’s not supposed to be there. Weeds vary from the green algal slime on the walls of an untended fish tank, bind-weed (Convolvulus sp.) in a row of pole beans, dandelion or cat’s ear (Hypochaeris radiata) in a lawn, or silk oak (Grevillea robusta) colonizing a slope on Kaua`i. And, as those examples suggest, weeds can vary drastically in size from the unicellular alga to the 10 m tall tree. A single definition hardly fits such an array of organisms. Instead of a technical definition term to define weediness, it is most useful to look at some of the features of plants that enable them to be weeds. Comprehensive discussions of weediness can be found in two classic treatments of the subject by the late University of California, Berkeley botanist, Herbert G. Baker. Read article »

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Flowering Woodies


Also known as althea, the rose-of-sharon (Hibiscus syriacus), is a summertime favorite that blooms throughout much of the season. Cultivars are available with both double and single flowers in a range of colors - best of all they are all very easy to grow. Download a large version of this image of 'Diana' and others from the Rose-of-sharon Wallpaper Gallery.

More summer-flowering ornamental woody species:
Aaron's beard (Hypericum calycinum)
blue daze (Evolvulus glomeratus)
false plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides)
firebush (Hamelia patens)
glossy abelia (Abelia X grandiflora )
glossy privet (Ligustrum lucidum)
golden St. John's wort (Hypericum frondosum)
Japanese spirea (Spiraea japonica)
Knockout rose (Rosa Radrazz)
oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia )
thyrallis (Galphimia glauca)
yellow elder (Tecoma stans)

panicle hydrangea
Panicle Hydrangea
Panicle hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata
is a woody shrub that is native to the southeastern United States. The cultivar 'Tardiva' blooms later in the season than the species

pink summersweet
Pink Summersweet

The regular summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) shrubs that grow around my pond are in bloom now. They're showy and fragrant and one of my favorite native shrubs. I saw these 'Pink Spire' summersweet at the nursery and quickly added it to my Wish List. Click to download a large version (800x600) for a closer look at a summersweet that is pretty in pink.

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One or more "tags", represented as icons, are are assigned to a species to indicate plant form form and type.
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These tags are assigned to a species to summarize characteristics and uses.


Summer Fragrant Woodies

loblolly bay flower
Loblolly Bay

Another thing I miss about back home in North Florida is seeing the statuesque loblolly bay (Gordonia lasianthus) trees in bloom. This native tree produces white waxy blossoms that are easy to see, held against the tree's rich green evergreen leaves.

More summer's fragrant woody species:
American linden (Tilia americana)
Ashe magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla subsp. ashei)
Franklin tree (Franklinia alatamaha)
mimosa (Albizia julibrissin)
southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)
yellow anisetree(Illicium parviflorum)

crepe jasmine
Crepe Jasmine

Crepe jasmine (Tabernaemontana divaricata) is a tender evergreen shrub with fragrant white blossoms. I have one in my Zone 8 garden where it freezes back to the roots each winter but always returns in the spring. For more than a decade it has never bloomed. Until this year! I moved it to a sunnier place last fall. I regularly watered it and feed it with liquid fertilizer and now - flowers at last! Download a large version of the crepe jasmine.

Butterfly Favorites

butterfly on maypop passionflower
Maypop Passionflower

Here is one of my favorite color combinations: an orange gulf fritillary butterfly on a pretty purple passionflower (Passiflora incarnata), a beautiful native of the southeastern United States.

More flowers that are butterfly favorites:
black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
blackroot (Veronicastrum virginicum)
dill (Anethum graveolens)
Florida mountain mint (Pycnanthemum floridanum)
garden phlox (Phlox paniculata)
coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
golden St. John's wort (Hypericum frondosum)
halberd-leaved rose mallow (Hibiscus laevis)
hyacinth bean (Dolichos lablab)
Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium fistulosum)
Mexican false heather (Cuphea hyssopifolia)
orange coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii)
shepherd's needle (Bidens alba)
small globe thistle (Echinops ritro)
summersweet (Clethra alnifolia)

giant rose mallow
Giant Rose Mallow
Hibiscus grandiflorus

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