Here’s my northern CA bloom day photo. These are the most ordinary plants: Shasta daisies, catmint, geranium, feverfew, yarrow, rose campion–but damn, they bloom their heads off in June, and you gotta love that.
The back yard is on the left. To the right is my side garden, dominated by salvia and phlomis. It really gets going a little later in the year–it’s a hummingbird runway by August.
Uncomplicated and jubilant. That’s all this garden is.
Maybe I’ll fill up my next garden with obscure, rare and hard-to-find plants, but this one seems to be all about flowers that are tough, happy, and reliable. And really, these plants choose themselves–if they can get along with this crowd, they stay and multiply. Otherwise, they get smothered or shoved aside.