Blooming perennials in May 2012

This year in May Bay Area got really summer-like weather with few unexpected late rains – everything is green and blooming. Our gardens enjoy early flowers from many perennials that are usually come later in summer. Look at this hardy, easy to care for and very rewarding Asiatic lily. Endless varieties to please anyone looking for short (1 ½ ft) to medium-tall (4 ½ ft) standing-up perennial for their flower bed.

Asiatic lily

Asiatic lily

Daylilies are blooming too. This hardy perennial is a great choice for your garden because it is very adaptable to our clay soil, hot summer temps and does well with little water. It blooms all summer. The most common flower colors are yellow and orange, but if you do not like these colors, lots of other hybrids are available.



English lavender’s (Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead’) purplish blue flowers on the thin stems create an airy purple cloud, silvery foliage complements the look.

Lavandula angusifolia Munstead

Lavandula angusifolia 'Munstead'

Canterbury bells (Campanula medium) with its big bells is popular plant in cottage style gardens.

Campanula medium

Canterbury bells

Lobelia is a wounderful little plant, that brings splash of color and looks great in containers or beds. This true blue color is a joy to look at.

Lobelia erinus

Garden lobelia

Look at these bright lemon yellow whorls of Jerusalem sage (Phlomis fruticosa) – they will make any gloomy day sunshine. This evergreen shrub loves sun and drought tolerant.

Jerusalem sage / Phlomis fruticosa

Jerusalem sage

Trumpet vine is blooming profusely, its bright red flowers is a nice contract with the green foliage. This vigorous climber is indispensable to cover walls and garden structures.

Red Trumpet Vine / Distictis buccianatoria

Red trumpet vine

Clematis is more delicate vine with numerous beautiful blooms.

Clematis flowers

Clematis flowers

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