Friday, August 26, 2011

A Happy Ending

It doesn't have to be the end of summer blooms if you have the right plants and, I guess I have to say this, are a consistent deadheader!

Some great phlox like this deadheaded Bubblegum will make your fall more enjoyable.  Not all varieties bounce back like this one!

Choose some late blooming daylilies like Sandra Elizabeth

Of course a Limelight Hydrangea will delight you through the summer, fall and winter.

Mary Todd Daylily has been trimmed down and a couple of weeks after it is time to pull out all of the brown stems you see to the left and voila you have a fresh green plant again!

Heucheras are in their glory this time of year not only for their colorful leaves, Pistache, but for the airy flowers they produce.

This is one of my favorites, Heuchera Purpurea, not so much for the leaves but their flowers are wonderful.

Heuchera Raspberry Ice is a very hardy one also with pink flowers.

Keep cutting the spent flowers down to the ground on heuchera and they will bloom throughout the fall.

Max Frei Geranium is interesting in that when you deadhead it in the early summer it just sits until now when it begins flowering again.

Look for shrubbery that has interest through more than one season like Ninebark Summer Wine.

This is another multi-season shrub Dark Horse Weigela, pink flowers and dark bronze leaves for three seasons.

You can extend the season with other non-flowering perennials like the ferns that are anything but green.

Japanese Painted Fern is one that is showy throughout the spring, summer and fall in my area, great colors that are more appreciated in the fall.

Autumn Fern becomes more showy in the fall with some of the fronds taking on an orange glow.


Beth said...

Eileen, Your garden still looks just great! I am taking stock now, for next year (as you mentioned in your prior post). We have an individual in our area who sells daylilies out of his year I plan to make two trips down, one earlier and one late July to mid August, to find some daylilies that will be blooming at this time. I enjoyed seeing your heuchera. I have two heuchera that showed up as volunteers in my yard...crazy! But I'll take them! Better volunteer heuchera, than, for example, dandelions! lol
Hugs, Beth

Zoey said...

Good morning, Eileen,
That Bubblegum sure looks like a winner. I will have to keep my eyes open for that one.

I intend to go out today and start cutting down the ratty hostas and a few other eyesores.

Jenny Schouten Short said...

I'm going to take photos of my ferns now. I see they are turning orange. I never noticed. I love your begonia photo with the green leaves on the left. xo Jenny

fer said...

Your summer garden looks great!
I have to admit I am really bad at beheading, and a lot of my flowers have stopped flowering, I wish I could do as well as you.

Karen said...

Eileen, since knowing you, I have attempted to stay current with my deadheading and just as you said, it works! Thank you for your encouragement in this direction.

I have to figure out the best pruning methods for weigela and ninebark; they still daunt me. I cut a ninebark back much too severely and for months it sulked, but I didn't want it to grow to be 15' tall, lol.

My garden haven said...

The flowers are spectacular due to your deadheading! I'm a great believer in deadheading, but alas not a doer.We all have our weaknesses.

Casa Mariposa said...

Lots of great ideas! I stop deadheading coneflowers and rudbeckia the end of August, though, so I have seeds for the birds and seedlings from plants that I let self-sow. Your plants all look very happy and healthy.

Lona said...

Hi Eileen. I love the dark foliage of your Ninebark and the white petunias around it really makes it a standout. I have been taking notes for spring planting next year so that my summer garden will last longer.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Beth,

I am really looking hard this year at three season plants especially for leaf colr and how they look when finished blooming. Heucheras are wonderful for subtle color and look good through at least three seasons and some even through the winter (Southern Comfort).


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Zoey,

I am going to be looking for more phlox Bubblegum for my daughter-in-law. I hated paying the price when I bought it, but it was worth it!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Jenny,

The green leaves on the left belong to Heuchera Pistache and stay this color all summer, part shade.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Fer,

I think I deadhead sometimes unconsiously as I walk by. It seems painless doing it this way.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Karen,

The darker colored leaf shrubs are my favorite. Weigela can be trimmined right after blooming and Ninebark can get out of bounds. The new Summer Wine is an improvement but it is recommended that you prune after flowering and up until August 1 (in zone 5) stop pruning earlier if you are in a colder zone. This allows the plant time to set bud for the next year.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Garden Haven,

I have not always been a great deadheader but with my present home having a smaller garden I began to notice things more. All of my plantings are up close and personal.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Casa Mariposa,

I just deadheaded some coneflowers today hoping to get a few more flowers before the first frost.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Lona,

I wasn't thrilled with those Silver Tidal Wave Petunias when I first planted them, even put them in a container. I soon found out they like to roam, took them out of the container and saw they were just great under the Ninebarks.

I had to start them from seed and I did not see them in any of the nurseries this year.


Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

Eileen, You have absolutely convinced me that deadheading pays with this and your other most recent posts. I have never been a consistent deadheader, but I am determined to make more of an effort in the future. I really like your bubblegum phlox. That's a variety I don't have and would look great with the varieties I do have.

The Tablescaper said...

You have such an amazing garden and are so talented to be able to plant it to enable it to continue into the fall.

- The Tablescaper

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Jennifer,

You have some of the same varieties as I do, so Bubblegum phlox would look great. I hope you can find it.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Tablescaper,

I am really trying to extend the seasons in my garden mostly through grasses and leaf color on the shrubs.


Snap said...

Beautiful garden. Mine is looking sad in all the heat, so I really enjoyed seeing all your gorgeous blooms.

The Tablescaper said...

Great to have you be a part of Sesonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks for visiting Snap,

I just pulled out some container plants that the heat finally got to. It has been a difficult summer for containers.


Mary Anne said...

Eileen: So beautiful, I have had some new flowers coming back, phlox especially.. . never knew until you that those could be deadheaded . . . yeay!! You always teach and I always try and learn. My garden looks pretty good for this tie of the year. . but no where near what you have going girl!!!
Off to England on Tuesday. . . we will be visiting private gardens, having tea, high tea, flower shows, etc. etc etc. Can't wait. I feel a BRIT blog coming on!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Mary Anne,

I know you will have a wonderful time with Debra's group. Bring back plenty of photos of those great English Gardens.


MrBrownThumb said...

Eileen, Next time I see you in person I'm going to have to pick your brain for some garden ideas for my own little space. Your garden always has something interesting going on.


Grace said...

Your garden looks wonderful, Eileen. Message received. Tomorrow I'll make some time for deadheading. :)

Gatsbys Gardens said...


Maybe I will see you at the Mid-Am show again this year. Small gardens are challenging to keep going through the seasons.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Grace,

I am in the dismantling more now, cutting down, fall containers, etc. You have a little longer to enjoy the blooms.


CanadianGardenJoy said...

Eileen you have so many gorgeous plants still looking exactly "that" gorgeous! I have a phlox fear but you have nudged me a little with that pretty Bubblegum one : ) Yes I am amazed how my heuchera keep putting out flowers as I keep cutting them back and I have a lime greem one that has pink flowers and talk about wow! .. I was amazed how wonderful they look .. and yes ! planning for an all season garden really isn't that hard and so worth the thought !
PS .. I bought some crocus and snowdrop bulbs today LOL .. already planning what the Spring show should look like!

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