It always amazes me how suddenly every year the end of August brings a new feel to the garden. Nights are cooler even if days are still quite long and hot, many perennials are finished blooming and annuals are looking a bit tired. One good thing is that the weeds have slowed down as well, and it’s a little easier to keep on top of them.
I decided to walk around our garden this morning and see just what was still looking great and working hard to make the garden atttactive. This helps me to decide which plants I should plant more of for future fall gardens. Here are some of my best performers for late summer 2013.
Russian Sage / Sensible Gardening and Living
Aster F.M. with Rudbeckia
Late Blooming Daylilies
Other perennials were blooming as well, perhaps not as showy but still worthwhile for this time of year. All of the border sedums are now in bloom along with the ornamental grasses. Dahlias should also be still be doing well along with Japanese Anemone, Baby’s Breath, Gallardia, Joe Pye and Bee Balm. Nepeta has gone into it’s second full bloom which will keep the bees happy right into late fall. A herb in full bloom now is my oregano, which I allow to bloom for our bees as they love it. Sweet Autumn Clematis is in bud and should be blooming in about a week. All added together and the garden is still very beautiful. Once the leaf change begins, it will once again be stunning.