Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day June 15th

Welcome to spring fast approaching summer at our USDA Zone 4-5a Northern Plains location. Perennials are now about on season schedule after an unsettled, somewhat cool spring.

We depend on the skills of our local nursery for early annuals such as petunias to add color while perennials wake up. Breeze and often wind is a tactile feature of our region, so we include grasses that move to complement the feel of the air.


On one of the cooler mornings, a hard-working bumblebee allowed me the photograph. Usually, by the time I point the camera, they have moved to the other side of the allium.

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This region commonly receives about 24 inches of rain or less, accompanied by drying winds, so yarrow is a native plant that thrives here. This dwarf variety, in masse, adds color.


Native monarda grows near the yarrow for companion color and texture.


Many yards in the area feature swaths of shasta daisies. While they grow in full sun, these add a focus in the partial sun by the edge of woods.

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A short grass and wildflower meadow as a part of our yard. A cluster of penstemon highlight a spot by a spruce tree.


We hope the plants around you are also showing their beauty and detail now. It’s fun to see what others enjoy also. That’s why we take part in “Garden Bloggers Bloom Day” each 15th of the month and after. It’s a way to share plants of the season.

Thank you for visiting the Plant Exchange blog. Do consider coming back! Topics such as “Flowers that Grow Here” and “Vegetables” are available, as well as the weekly posts.

When you’re ready to see what else is in bloom across the United States and other countries, please go to the link below. There, find the post for June 15th, and you will see Carol Michel’s beautiful garden in Indiana. At the end of her post, see all of us waiting to show you what’s in bloom these days.

Here’s the link:






3 thoughts on “Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day June 15th

  1. White pensetemon is rad, and the spruce is just as rad! I so dig spruce! I just recently wrote about the only one here that I can not bear to cut down, even though it is very bad condition. I am not familiar with that penstemon, but I like how it looks more like a wildflower than the common garden varieties. Those that we grow in some of our landscapes are marketed as ‘native’, just because their ancestors were native. Although pretty, they are nothing like wild penstemon.

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