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Back yard island

 

The back yard island, hidden from the street, has more wild hairs than the front and side gardens.  Besides several trees and shrubs, it's got a windmill (to celebrate my Dutch heritage), a hill (all extra soil from gardening projects finds its way up there) and lots of tall sun-loving plantings including Maximillian sunflower, compass plant, cup plant, big bluestem grass, and giant purple hyssop.  Lots of hollyhocks self-seed on the hill, and fight for space with a rambing Virginia rose.  I'd say right now this is my favorite part of the garden - low on design, high on attitude!

A view from the back of the island.

Two exuberant late-season bloomers next to each other in the back of the island: bush clover and missouri goldenrod.

Partial list of plants we grow in the back yard island

Aconitum carmichaelii (monkshood)
Agastache aurantiaca 'Kiowa Sunset' (hummingbird mint)
Agastache scrophulariifolia (purple giant hyssop)
Allium aflatunense (Persian onion)
Allium cristophii (star of Persia)
Allium tuberosum (garlic chives)
Aquilegia vulgaris (columbine)
Arabis alpina 'Snowcap' (mountain rockcress)
Baptisia alba (white false indigo)
Baptisia bracteata var. leucophaea
Begonia grandis ssp. evansiana (hardy begonia)
Calamintha nepeta (nepitella)
Callirhoe involucrata (poppy mallow; winecups)
Caryopteris x clandonensis (bluebeard, blue mist spirea)
Centaurea montana (mountain bluet)
Chelidonium majus (great celandine)
Clematis integrifolia
Clematis terniflora (sweet autumn clematis)
Colutea orientalis (bladder senna)
Coreopsis tripteris (tickseed)
Cornus kousa (Japanese dogwood)
Corylopsis sinensis var. calvescens (Chinese winterhazel)
Cosmos sulphureus (yellow cosmos)
Dianthus gratianopolitanus (cheddar pink)
Dianthus pinifolius
Dianthus x roysii
Digitalis lutea (straw foxglove)
Digitalis obscura (willow-leaf foxglove)
Dipsacus fullonum (common teasel; Fuller's teasel)
Dorycnium hirsutum (hairy canary-clover)
Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower)
Epilobium angustifolium (willow orchid)
Epilobium coloratum (purple-leaf willowherb; cinnamon willowherb)
Galega orientalis (oriental goat's rue)
Gazania hybrids (Gazania)
Geranium bohemicum
Geranium pratense (meadow cranesbill)
Geranium psilostemon (cranesbill)
Geranium x oxonianum 'Claridge Druce' (cranesbill)
Gladiolus
Heliopsis helianthoides (false sunflower)
Hemerocallis 'Rosie Meyer' (daylily)
Hemerocallis hybrids (daylily)
Hesperis matronalis (dame's rocket)
Hosta hybrids (plantain lily)
Hyacinthus (hyacinth)
Iris cristata (dwarf crested iris)
Iris domestica (blackberry lily)
Iris graminea (plum-scented iris)
Iris ochroleuca
Iris virginica var. shrevei (Southern blue flag)
Iris xiphium (Dutch iris)
Isodon excisus
Lathyrus latifolius (perennial sweet pea)
Leonurus cardiaca (motherwort)
Leycesteria formosa (Himalayan honeysuckle)
Liatris borealis (New England blazing star)
Liatris ligulistylis (meadow blazing star)
Lilium (lilies (various species and hybrids))
Linaria purpurea (purple toadflax)
Lobelia x gerardii (purple lobelia)
Lychnis coronaria (rose campion)
Monarda bradburiana (eastern beebalm)
Ononis repens (restharrow)
Orlaya grandiflora (minoan lace)
Paeonia lactiflora 'Festiva Maxima' (Chinese peony)
Papaver amurense (poppy)
Penstemon smallii (Small's penstemon)
Phlox divaricata (wild blue phlox)
Phlox paniculata (garden phlox)
Potentilla argyrophylla
Pyrus calleryana (Bradford pear; callery pear)
Ricinus communis (castor bean)
Rubus thibetanus 'Silver Fern' (ghost bramble)
Rudbeckia maxima (giant coneflower)
Salvia forsskaolei (Indigo sage)
Schizachyrium scoparium (little bluestem)
Scilla litardierei (meadow squill)
Scutellaria diffusa
Sedum 'Autumn Joy' (showy stonecrop)
Sedum ternatum (woodland stonecrop; wild stonecrop)
Senna marilandica (American senna)
Silene chalcedonica (Maltese cross)
Silene dioica (catchfly)
Silene flos-cuculi (ragged robin)
Silphium perfoliatum (cup plant)
Solidago species (goldenrod)
Spiraea japonica 'Goldflame' (Japanese spirea)
Syringa vulgaris (lilac)
Teucrium chamaedrys (prostrate and upright germander)
Thalictrum flavum ssp. glaucum (yellow meadow rue; dusty meadow rue)
Thalictrum rochebrunianum (lavender mist meadow rue)
Tradescantia virginiana (spiderwort)
Tulipa hybrids (tulip)
Unidentified (unknown)
Verbesina alternifolia (wingstem)
Vernonia lettermannii (ironweed)
Veronica 'Waterperry Blue' (speedwell)
Viola sororia f. priceana (confederate violet)
Vitex negundo (chastetree)
Zizia aptera (heart-leaved alexanders)
Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

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Last modified: October 08, 2004
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