Saturday, August 06, 2011

Around The Garden

It is that terrible time of the summer when our plants are bitten up, wilting, brown spots and general disarray in the garden.  I have had terrible rose problems this summer with midges and Japanese Beetles and am looking for a single rose that is fit to show.

All The Rage

The phlox has mottled leaves but it ready to rebloom again.

I have begun cutting down the daylilies that have already bloomed so that other plantings can peek through.

The vegetable garden seems to have done well this year, huge tomato plants but I am not sure the yield will be that great.  The Fanfare cucumber has been just great, no disease and wonderful tasting cucumbers.

Fanfare Bush Cucumber

I have lots of miniature eggplant and now need to make a delectable recipe out of them along with the multitude of hot peppers.

Hansel Eggplant

I have to give the Gardener's Supply double decker tomato cages a thumbs up for holding up the Super Beefsteak and the Big Boy tomatoes.

Super Beefsteak Tomato

Nasturtiums supposedly keep aphids away from the vegetable garden, don't know, but I haven't seen any!

Blue Sunshine Geranium has been a winner all summer.

The coleus border, Indian Summer, with black sweet potato vine has done well all summer.  However, the sweet potato vine is a mound and not trailing, never had one like this!

This is Kim's Knee High and it has been my best Echinacea, blooming all summer never losing color.

I deadheaded Sweet Lorraine Heliopsis and it has put forth a multitude of blooms.

Perilla is an annual in my area but it is a wonderful plant to grow, related to coleus but much stronger and taller.  It fills in my border along the fence with Sweet Lorraine Heliopsis.

Rudbeckia and Zahara Zinnia
The south side is doing great this year with plants that welcome the heat and humidity.

Zahara Zinnias

Purslane has been a star this year in the heat, goes well with other tropicals.

Pennisetum is getting its fuzzy little flowers.

Henry's Garnet Sweetspire has been trimmed back and Limelight Hydrangea is ready to bloom.

Tidal Wave Petunia with Ninebark Summer Wine.  This is a spreading petunia like you have never seen, but does well in the landscape with some pruning.  I don't recommend it for containers unless you have a huge amount of room to let it trail many feet.

 Autumn Fern is new under the Chanticleer Pear with Lirope.

Heuchera with Japanese Painted Fern

Raspberry Ice Heuchera also under the Chanticleer Pear

Japanese Painted Fern with Lirope and Heuchera Flowers

Heuchera Vilosa Purpurea

Hydrangea Starlight Let's Dance

Lady Lucille is new this year and mid-season to late blooming.

Silom Space Age

Unique Hydrangea is beginning to bloom.

It's been an unusual summer in that I didn't think I had much to show because of all the heat and the insect damage, but I guess I was wrong.  There is always so much more than what we see is going wrong with specific plants.


Balisha said...

That south walkway is just beautiful. Balisha

Darla said...

Simply gorgeous!!!!

Lona said...

I think your garden looks wonderful. Mine is getting so sad looking. I have got to get this layering thing better like you have done. Your Heliopsis is so pretty. Looks like I should have gotten the Kim's Knee High instead of the Pow Wow Wild Berry Echinacea. I am not impressed with it so far.Your All the Rage is a lovely color. My roses are getting ready for another flush of blooms and I am hoping those old JB will be gone by then.

Notre jardin secret.. said...

Wonderful garden!! I love it..

Jenny Schouten Short said...

I don't see a bad apple in the bunch! Great garden!!! xxoo Jenny

Larry said...

It has indeed been an odd summer and the heat and humidity have taken a toll... I have a number of clematis with wilt that were never a problem before... this is one reason I stick pretty much with type III. Many flowering crabs are shedding leaves with the onset of bad cases of cedar apple rust and most of my hollyhocks succumbed to rust this year.
You have done an excellent job of finding the beautiful amongst the plants that may have a touch of too much heat and humidity... larry

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Balisha,

I was trying to do perennials there but it just didn't work. I have some that bloom in the spring and the clematis, the rest annuals.


Gatsbys Gardens said...


I just threw my Pow Wow out today, dead. I also, will get a couple more Kim's Knee High.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Jenny,

I am hiding the bad apples or throwing them out!


Gatsbys Gardens said...


I have had lots of diseases in the garden this year and many insects. It has been difficult keeping up with them. Also, I have noticed lots of discolored leaves and some curling. Oh well, looking forward to next year!


Bernie said...

There's loads to show. Love the Raspberry Ice Heuchera patch and that lovely sway of Tidal Wave Petunias. The bed of Zahara Zinnias is gorgeous ... love those colours. The south side garden beds look wonderful and those plants obviously thrive in the heat and humidity. So do those vegies of yours.

Zoey said...

Everything is looking great, Eileen. I really like the Rudbeckia and Zahara Zinnia

I am seeing limelight hydrangea on so many blogs! I really wish I had not passed it up last month when I saw one at H.Depot.

leavesnbloom said...

Eileen your garden is looking fab! and despite the heat all I can see are lush green plantings. I also see that you have a good mulch down so I suppose that helps keep the water down at the roots aswell. Those zinnia's look so lovely along that pathway and oh I love coleus so much...... pity it doesn't like our scottish rain so much.

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

Eileen, I sometimes feel similarly that I have nothing to show until it sit down to compose a post and find that I have too many pictures. There are lots of pretty things in your August garden. The Zahara Zinnias are one of my favourite colors and a really like the blue Starlight Let's Dance hydrangea.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Eileen girl .. what can I say ?
Your gardens are stunning and I had no idea you were growing so many veggies ! .. I am in love with that rose .. it is simple yet absolutely beautiful. I too am impressed by the purslane .. I had portulaca in some containers and in the ground and they did very poorly .. but this purslane cultivar is fantastic in this horrible weather.
Your eggplants is so colourful and pretty ! .. your gardens are fantastic girl : )

Betty819 said...

You were smart to plant purslane in a container..I made a mistake and planted mine in my flowerbed last year..well, you probably know the rest of the story! I had to rip it out because it became invasive. I wished all flowers would grow that fast! It is a pretty succulent though. I'd buy it again but only plant it in a container.

I have Kim's Knee high euchinacea on my wish list. I have a coneflower plant that is about same height as KKH but not the same bright color. The other 3 are way too tall but heavy with blooms that are fading out. I'm ready to cut them back.

Found a JP on one of my rosebushes the other day and pulled him off and stepped on him to squash him..what do you use to spray for them? I have the Bayer 3 in 1 spray here. I sprayed once already.

Your South Walkway is smashing! And I don't usually like zinnias but they are beautiful! I had a lot of seeds but never got them planted. There's always next year.

Jim Groble said...

Great looking garden. The sweet lorraine heliopsis are very cool. pat told me to write the name down. Looks like we can add it to the front garden. We are splitting all our hosta and ligularia in the early fall. Let us know if you want any. jim

Beth said...

Eileen, Your south garden looks great and the the starlight hydrangea 'Let's dance' is awesome!

Grace said...

You've got such a truly beautiful garden, Eileen. I especially like your walkway shots. That Miscanthus spilling over the side, yum! And that rose, 'All The Rage' is a stunner! [Btw, I just saw an article on Dave's Garden chastising anyone who grows "Loostrife." There is quite a debate about it and I think it's sad that it's getting such a bad rap. Too bad people don't seem to know about the non-invasive variety you and I grow.]

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Bernie,

The Raspberry Ice is a very strong Heuchera but I have not seen it in the nurseries this year. I think I have finally figured out my south side and what will survive there.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Limelight is practically a foolproof hydranges as far as blooming. There is a smaller version of it now called Little Lime. I would grow zahara as it is mildew free unlike some of the taller zinnias.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Rosie,

We have to mulch in our area to hold the soil and keep down the weeds. It also is a big help in keeping the soil moist a little longer. We have to replace it each year.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Jennifer,

I think I am going to like this Let's Dance Hydrangea (Proven Winners) because it sets new blooms quickly and does not grow more than two to three feet.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Joy,

That rose, All the Rage has not stopped blooming since June, held up much better than the Knockouts against the Japanese Beetles.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Betty,

I use what you do but nothing seems to help against the Japanese Beetles. They are just about gone now so I hope I see some roses again!


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Jim,

I really like that heliopsis because it is smaller and blooms all summer. I wish I had some room for hosta but I am going to have to divide what I have along the north side. Thanks for the offer,


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Beth,

I am really liking this hydrangea and have put six of them in, three on each side of my front walk.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Grace,

All The Rage is a winner as far as roses, marketed by Bailey. It has fared much better than the Knockout as far as disease and Japanese Beetles. I have had zero problems with my Morden's Lythrum spreading. Too bad it gets bad press because it is a lovely summer plant.


garden girl said...

Looks great in spite of the heat Eileen. Love the hydrangeas, and your veggies look wonderful!

Cottage Garden said...

Eileen, your garden looks pretty good to me! I love the way your aubergine (sorry egg plant!) is mingling with the nasturtiums.

I always put nasturtiums with my veg - I'm sure they do keep the nasties away!


joey said...

I'd say all looks grand, Eileen! My August garden is not my favorite but happy at least to have rain (and plenty of mosquitoes)!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

My August garden is not great either and I have about a hundred mosquito bites!


Mary Anne said...

Hi Stranger!

Can't even believe that we have gone the whole summer without getting together!!! Let's change that!

Your garden still looks amazing! The color unbelievable. My Unique Hydrangea looks so fresh, no leaf damage, no bugs and no dry out!!!

Come by, let's do lunch. I did walk your garden when you were not home and I couldn't believe how densly planted you are! Loved it!

Let's make a plan! Morton . . I lhave NEVER been there!

Mary Anne ox

Becca's Dirt said...

Your gardens are still looking great Eileen. Love the contrast of colors of the rudbeckia and the zahara zinnia.

Karen said...

Eileen, I wish your garden visitor could come back now and see your garden in August...then she would know it is definitely not a Jungle in any way, shape or form! I love this post. You really should write a gardening column for a national magazine, I have learned so much from you.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Mary Anne,

I know where has the summer gone! The Morton Arboretum would be fun for lunch. I am a member.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Karen,

As you know it is a daily thing to keep all gardens from looking overgrown.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Becca,

I also love that rudbeckia but I think this one is an annual in my area.


Indoor Fountains said...


Everything looks so lush and full! Congrats- your hard work has paid off!

Betty819 said...

Eileen..the Perilla plants shown in the border/header with Sweet Lorraine heliopsis is so beautiful! Went on and found a wide variety of is yours "Magilla" or "Pink Halo" or "Ruby Lazer?" Those 3 varieties look so similar. Certainly going on my wish list for 2012! Opps! I didn't research where to find Sweet Lorraine yet. Thanks for sharing all this beauty with us. Do you realize what an enabler you are? LOL!

Gloria, Dakota Garden said...

Eileen, your walkways look beautiful, heck, your whole garden looks gorgeous!