So lets start with the Jasmine. Last summer I decided to let the jasmine climb the tree on the corner of the fence. This is what happens when you do this:
This is one star jasmine plant. It is probably 30+ feet wide by 15 feet high. And remember how happy we all were last year that this same plant survived a fungus that made it drop all of its leaves? And remember me saying that it was looking rather pitiful, even though you all thought it looked fine? Well, it has recovered. Actually it still has the fungal disease but is slowly beating it. Only about 25% of the leaves fell off this year. And just to jog your memory, here's a picture of the same vine in May of last year, before massive climbing of tree.
And that same corner today:
Back to good health. And behind the statue has filled in nicely too!
I know, its absurd the size of this thing in one year, and you can probably imagine the intensity of the scent around my house currently. Okay, moving on to a true invasive, Oenothera speciosa, Showy Evening Primrose or Mexican Primrose. I pull out about 90% of this each year. I'm seriously considering putting in edging around it like you do bamboo. Its sort of like that really pretty girl with the black heart in high school. Its horrible and attractive all at the same time. It will wrap its roots around other plants roots. So they don't get any water at all. Like it is evil. Don't be fooled by these pictures. You really really don't want this plant.
In this next picture it is joined by a few of the plants I don't have cultivar names for. That purple salvia is super cool...the stems are actually the exact same purple as the flower. And those slightly peachy flowers are those of the "lowes nameless" miniature rose I bought last year. The roses in the background for the most part are late bloomers and are about 2 weeks from full flush, and the foxgloves are out, and still standing this year, thanks to lack of wind and hail storms this spring. The gaura is also a week or so from full flush, and of course, the hydrangeas who I loved dearly, kill me this time of year because they are so late to leaf compared to everything else. Oh except for the echinacea, hands down the slowest thing out of the ground each year. I swear its dead every year, but it never is.
But back to the point here: what I do love about it (the Oenothera), is that it sprawls so prettily... so few plants do this with any grace.
A few other shots from around the garden to round out the lot. First the 'classic' (haw haw) red knockout rose with my cat, deet can and sluggo looking on:
And the remains of the first flush of the MAC rose. This rose definitely suffered from both thrips and iron deficiency earlier in the year so isn't the prettiest its been, but still I'm not complaining.