It’s time to sit back and take a breather.

We’ve pruned, planted, pulled weeds and mulched, and now we deserve a midsummer break to appreciate the fruits of our labor.

It’s always interesting to see what everyone else is growing, and my wife, Mary, and I would like to share some photos of flowers we’ve enjoyed growing this year in our own yard. It’s fun to try new things, plus old favorites.

Annuals

Suworow Statice: Unique, rose pink spikes rise to about 24 inches above a low-growing rosette of leaves. David Samson / The Forum
Suworow Statice: Unique, rose pink spikes rise to about 24 inches above a low-growing rosette of leaves. David Samson / The Forum

Lavatera: This heirloom variety has silver dollar-sized flowers on 24-inch plants. David Samson / The Forum
Lavatera: This heirloom variety has silver dollar-sized flowers on 24-inch plants. David Samson / The Forum

Godetia: Popular in flower gardens a century ago, but rarely seen now. David Samson / The Forum
Godetia: Popular in flower gardens a century ago, but rarely seen now. David Samson / The Forum

Purple Prince Zinnia: A strong grower to about 36 inches, with a rich color. David Samson / The Forum
Purple Prince Zinnia: A strong grower to about 36 inches, with a rich color. David Samson / The Forum

Sonata Mix Cosmos: Open-faced flowers are borne on finely cut foliage. David Samson / The Forum
Sonata Mix Cosmos: Open-faced flowers are borne on finely cut foliage. David Samson / The Forum

Queen Mix Cleome: A favorite easy-to-grow flower for tall backgrounds. David Samson / The Forum
Queen Mix Cleome: A favorite easy-to-grow flower for tall backgrounds. David Samson / The Forum

Alumia Vanilla Cream Marigold: A unique pastel yellow on 12-inch plants. David Samson / The Forum
Alumia Vanilla Cream Marigold: A unique pastel yellow on 12-inch plants. David Samson / The Forum

Holi Scarlet Zinnia: A new All-America Selections (AAS) winner with large flowers on plants only 8 inches tall. David Samson / The Forum
Holi Scarlet Zinnia: A new All-America Selections (AAS) winner with large flowers on plants only 8 inches tall. David Samson / The Forum

Big Duck Orange Marigold: New AAS winner with large flowers on compact 15-inch plants. David Samson / The Forum
Big Duck Orange Marigold: New AAS winner with large flowers on compact 15-inch plants. David Samson / The Forum

Super Hero Spry Marigold: AAS winner with rich color contrast. David Samson / The Forum
Super Hero Spry Marigold: AAS winner with rich color contrast. David Samson / The Forum

Carmine Velour Petunia: The newest low-growing Wave petunia is a new AAS winner. David Samson / The Forum
Carmine Velour Petunia: The newest low-growing Wave petunia is a new AAS winner. David Samson / The Forum

Supra Pink Dianthus: This AAS winner grows best when weather is cool. David Samson / The Forum
Supra Pink Dianthus: This AAS winner grows best when weather is cool. David Samson / The Forum

Perfume Deep Purple Nicotiana: Highly fragrant, especially in evening. David Samson / The Forum
Perfume Deep Purple Nicotiana: Highly fragrant, especially in evening. David Samson / The Forum

Borage: An herb with pretty flowers that attract bees. David Samson / The Forum
Borage: An herb with pretty flowers that attract bees. David Samson / The Forum

Sophie Cascade Geranium: A window box favorite in Germany. David Samson / The Forum
Sophie Cascade Geranium: A window box favorite in Germany. David Samson / The Forum

Lemon Gem Marigold: Unique type with fernlike foliage. David Samson / The Forum
Lemon Gem Marigold: Unique type with fernlike foliage. David Samson / The Forum

Castor Bean: Tropical leaves on a 6-foot huge plant. David Samson / The Forum
Castor Bean: Tropical leaves on a 6-foot huge plant. David Samson / The Forum

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Perennials

Primal Scream day lily: Intense color perennial. David Samson / The Forum
Primal Scream day lily: Intense color perennial. David Samson / The Forum

Dianthus: Short-lived perennial-type, but beautiful. David Samson / The Forum
Dianthus: Short-lived perennial-type, but beautiful. David Samson / The Forum

Lamb’s ears: Wooly leaves with pink flowers on this perennial. David Samson / The Forum
Lamb’s ears: Wooly leaves with pink flowers on this perennial. David Samson / The Forum

Don Kinzler, a lifelong gardener, is the horticulturist with North Dakota State University Extension for Cass County. Readers can reach him at kinzlerd@casscountynd.gov or call 701-241-5707.