Celebrate July’s profusion in the garden

Think of this as a late-blooming “Wordless Wednesday” – a visual, almost-silent* paeon to the glories of the late-July garden.

These are all from the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, viewed on banquet day at the Minneapolis Fling. I’m not even going to name the flowers, but you can ask in the comments if you’re interested. Just keep in mind that in Minneapolis’ USDA Zone 4-ish climate, all these plants should work in just about any sunny Toronto garden. (Not mine, sniffed the shady garden gal.)

Many of these are also native North American plants (or cultivars thereof). See how beautifully natives can work in a garden design?

*You might debate this point.


  1. What beautiful examples of using native plants in border designs! These gardens are classic…and gorgeous. I’m in Zone 5 in BC and just planning my first border garden. Thank you for the inspiration 🙂

    1. Particularly because I’m a shade gardener, I always look longingly at this kind of sunny display.

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