I could not decide which garden to feature today, so I’ve decided to show you three!

The Terrace Garden is at the height of color this week, especially up in Becky’s Corner, with Shasta Daisy ‘Becky’, Monarda ‘Pink Supreme’, Balloon Flowers, and Moonbeam Coreopsis all blooming at once!  DSC_5617You can also see Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ and Heliopsis ‘Summer Sun’ against the upper wall.

Here’s the view from the bottom of the Terrace Garden:DSC_5624The marigolds are finally coming along (they had a slow start and several had to be replaced–a story for another time!), but the new nursery stock Cleome are slow.  I had very few volunteer Cleome here this year, probably because of the lack of a snow cover over the winter.   Farther up the garden, you can see the Russian Sage is getting huge and just starting to show some pale blue flower spikes.

Looking at the long view like this helps me make decisions and design choices.  For example, the lower end of the back wall seems empty to me.  So I’ve decided that in the fall, I will divide the Heliopsis and put another clump of it farther down the wall.  I may also purchase a second Clematis to help balance things.  (There is a second Heliopsis against the wall, but it is not as tall or full as the other, and it is obscured in this picture by one of the dwarf Alberta Spruce trees.)

Now here is the rock garden:DSC_5616 - CopyThere are still some Dianthus blooming, along with Coreopsis, blue Speedwell, marigolds, and roses.  ‘Alba Meidiland‘ is due for a trim!

Finally, have a look at the lasagna bed.  I’ve been more diligent about keeping it watered, and we’ve had a good deal of rain in the past few days, so some of the plants that were sulking are plumping up and filling out:DSC_5638The red flowers on the right are the  Dragon Wing Begonias I wrote about last week.   They are thriving up here, and the three adorable fawns who visit the yard daily have not touched them.  The Pink Polka Dot plant I put up here last month is also thriving, a bit left of center.  Before I planted it, I snipped off two branches which have rooted very nicely in water.  I may stick them in the ground up here to fill in a couple of the empty spots, such as this one at the back left of the bed:DSC_5636Then I must remember in the fall to take more cuttings of both the Polka Dot Plant and the begonias so I can enjoy their beauty up here again next summer!

Cathy at Words and Herbs  kindly hosts this weekly party.  Why not pop over to her site to see who else is showing off a long view of their gardens this week, and perhaps even join in the Tuesday View fun yourself?DSC_5621