End of July blooms in zone 4 to 5

In bloom the end of July here in my Ottawa zone 4 to 5 gardens are more lilies, more roses, more of everything that was in bloom last week.

The lily trees are absolutely spectacular. There must be close to thirty blossoms on the three plants at my front lamp post and more in my back garden. I have also planted some of these lily trees in my clients’ gardens.

 

My favourite rose this end of July is a pale, blush pink:

end of July
palest pink rose

 

As I was walking around my backyard, a pair of cardinals were flitting through my plum tree watching me. The red male really stood out against the green of the leaves, he came to within a few feet of me…

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In bloom this third week of July

More pictures from my zone 4 to 5 garden in Ottawa; these perennial flowers are blooming this third week of July…

new bloomers:

 

Many perennials that were blooming last week are still going strong…

 

…while others are showing promise of things to come…

 

The annuals I planted in containers and bare spots in the garden are also still blooming well.  I always choose annuals that offer interesting foliage as well as flowers…

 

This next plant with the large leaves is a mystery to me.  I did not plant it, I believe it has come from the vegetable garden in the backyard next door.  Any ideas?…

third week of July
mystery plant,

 

My Garden by Bloom Time…

This gardening season I took my camera outside often to capture my gardens in color; the following pictures are categorized by the bloom time of the plants.  Most are perennials that return each year, a few are annuals that I plant to fill in the bare spots…

Most of the color in my garden in May comes from bulbs:

with a few perennials adding some early color:

The color in May is rounded out by the beautiful, sweet-smelling blossoms on my apple and plum trees:

June brings more color from more perennials:

as well as from shrubs, bushes and an ornamental tree:

The lush greenery in June provides a beautiful backdrop for blooming plants:

Next comes July with more perennials:

my favorite annuals and bulbs:

and lots of roses:

the beauty of roses is that their bloom time extends well into the fall; some of mine are still blooming the end of October!

August brings more color in the form of additional perennials:

Still in bloom in August are all the roses above, as well as the russian, purple and pink sages, tickseed, cleome, clematis and daylilies.

With September comes the addition of silver lace vine,  purple aster, ornamental grasses, and autumn sedum  to all of the above plants that are still in bloom;

It is currently the end of October, and many of the above plants are still going strong, especially the roses, thanks to the beautiful fall weather we have been experiencing here in the Ottawa area.