Bog Garden

Bog gardens are places where water loving plants are grown especially plants that can tolerate water around their roots most of the time. The bog garden at Dawn Gardens is created by water flowing down from the ponds onto a flat area before it flows off the property under the fence. The tree that is…

Summer Flowers

The weather is warm and beautiful and it is a good time to work in the garden in the morning. Here are a few plants that you can use in the summer garden: Globe Thistle (Echinops) Good dried flower. Lobelia tupa Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) This plant can also grow in bog conditions. Coreopsis verticillata…

Echinacea

Echinacea are perennials that love the heat and the sun. They bloom from June until October with colors from white, yellow, orange, red to pink and magenta. They are completely dormant in the winter so they are good plants to share the area with Daffodils. The Echinacea garden at Dawn Gardens started with the purchase…

Phlox

There are many kinds of Phlox but there are 2 main species that are used at Dawn Gardens. Phlox paniculata is a deciduous perennial for the summer garden and Phlox subulata is an evergreen groundcover for late spring. Phlox paniculata – Deciduous Perennial Phlox paniculata ‘Coral Creme’ Phlox paniculata ‘David’ Pink and Purple varieties This…

Daylilies

Daylilies (Hemerocallis) are often confused with Lilies by beginning gardeners because the flowers look similar. Lilies are bulbs while daylilies are enlarged roots which can be divided for propagation. The individual flower on a daylily will last 1-2 days but many more flowers bloom in subsequent days to give constant bloom for 1-2 months in…

Yarrows

Yarrows (botanical name: Achillea) are the workhorses of the summer perennial garden. They have a long bloom season and are tolerant of high temperatures and poor soils. Here are some varieties growing at Dawn Gardens: Achillea filipendulina is the tallest Yarrow and reaches 4 to 5’. It starts blooming in May and continues through July…

Lilies

Lilies are the queens of the early summer garden. They are tall, sometimes reaching 8’ to 10’. There are many new dwarf hybrids that are 1’-2’ tall. These photos show the range of colors that are available: If Lilies are growing well in the right conditions they will not need staking. They prefer part shade…

Dianthus

Dianthus are small (6”-10” tall) rock garden plants that bloom in the spring and are very fragrant. Commonly called ‘Pinks’ because of their color; there are many varieties that are white, rose, red, orange and purple. Carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus) are taller Dianthus that are often used for cut flowers. Garden Pinks are hybrids of Dianthus…

Roses

Being the most popular flower in the United States I thought that Dawn Gardens should have a rose garden. I had my daughter, Corrie, lay out the paths with flags and then my crew came up from the Bay Area and installed the steel edging and the DG (decomposed granite) paths. Here are some of…

Azaleas

Evergreen Azaleas are a type of Rhododendron; they are usually small – under 2-3’. The main difference is botanical which I am not qualified to discuss but I think it has something to do with the number of flowers in a cluster. Here are some Azaleas at Dawn Gardens. They are irrigated with 2 emitters…