For diversity in foliage colour, Judith Adam appreciates red foliage plants such as ‘Husker Red’ and ‘Dark Towers’ beard tongues (penstemons).
May in the garden
Although spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs can vary in their bloom times, there’s far less leeway about when to prune spring flowering shrubs.
A second generation of breeding has produced heat-proof lobelias. Lobelias have intensely blue cascading flowers for hanging baskets or as an upright form.
Judith Adam is getting started with a collection of ginko trees. Ginkgos have been around for more than 150 million years.
When the flowers come out, clouds of pollinators descend — bees of several kinds, small and large wasps, various flies and even some butterflies.
‘Red Dragon’ fleece flower (Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon’, Zone 7) is a tender perennial used as an annual in cold regions.
Italian honeysuckle (Lonicera caprifolium, Zone 6, possibly Zone 5 with protection) is finally in flower, and is quite late this year.
On heavily budded peonies without ring supports, remove the two smaller buds on either side of the largest flower buds at the top of each stem.