The first flush of roses is fading here in WNY. I am now
welcoming martagon lilies (with many more lilium species and cultivars to come)
and other midsummer plants like rudbeckias, phlox, and hemerocallis. They’ll
come in and out of bloom, get mildewy, and fade away, according to their various wonts.
But faithfully in full leaf since May and continuing through September
are the sometimes-maligned hostas. What would the dry shade gardener do without
these plants? I would have practically nothing in certain sections of my front
garden, I know that much.
Above and at top you see some rather prepossessing varieties
one of my neighbors has going in her front easeway. We are all hosta-lovers
here in the land of the Norway maple. (I include a human for scale.) These aren't the newer, fancy ones you see in catalogs: just some tried-and-true varieties—Sieboldiana 'Elegans' and Sum & Substance, I'm thinking.