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It is the month of June, The month of leaves and roses, When pleasant sights salute the eyes and pleasant scents the noses.
Nathaniel Parker Willis
"What is so rare as a day in June?" the poet asked many years ago and people are still answering that question. June is indeed a special month. It is the time of the summer solstice, the time of the blooming out of all the plants, and most importantly the return of June bugs and fireflies. Who doesn't remember catching June bugs by day and fireflies, God's original night light, at dusk. First fruits from early gardens begin to appear at roadside markets that still can be found dotting country byways. The length of days reach their peak and the nights are short.
Oh, I almost forgot a few people also marry in June. June is named for the Roman goddess Juno, and she is considered to be the goddess of women and childbirth. This may be the reason so many brides choose June. Or on a more practical note, it could be there are several months of warm outdoor weather before coming cooped up inside with someone during the cold bleak winter months.
June is has also been christened as Perennial Month.
FAVORITE SOUTHERN PERENNIALS:
- Soapwort--Soapwort is not native but is a wonderful edging plant. Its small pink blossoms will greet you from late June until frost, if you cut them back hard after each bloom.
- Rudbeckia or Black-eyed Susan is a compact plant that bursts into bloom in late August. It looks like a yellow firecracker going off in the sky! No care. Easy to keep the size you want.
- Liatris comes in a variety of colors including white, pink, and purple. It shoots up stiff, straight spikes of blooms which can come through clumps of other flowers
- Summer phlox has a round shaped compound bloom that sits atop tall stems. This come in a variety of colors including white.
- Royal catchfly is a native plant of North Carolina. It has red star-like flowers and blooms late June through July. A taller perennial it grows up to 3 feet.
- Purple coneflower has a long blooming period and needs little or no care. Coneflowers come in a variety of colors including red, pink, white, and there is also a double variety. Bees, hummingbirds, finches, and butterflies all are attracted to this plant.
- Culver's Root is a member of the Veronica family and has tall white spiky blooms rising up from an unbranched plant. It is a native wildflower of the east coast and parts of the Midwest.
Other popular perennials for gardens in our area include many varieties of lilies including the Asiatic, Stella D'oro, and a rainbow of other colors of day lilies. Heuchera or Coral Bells come in a wide variety of colors and their bloom is really secondary to the color that the foliage adds to the garden until winter.
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