Sunday, September 16, 2012

Around The Garden

It is late in the season and approaching the beginning of fall with much cooler weather this week.  I have several plants that have not done well in the heat and I don't want to dwell on them with photos.  Most I will give another year to see how they adapt next summer.

Phlox Franz Schubert
Phlox in general can take the heat but this one is my best when deadheaded right up there with Blue Paradise.
 
Phlox Eva Cullum
This is a tall late bloomer but it surprised me this year with no mildew and more reblooming than I remember.
 
Plumbago (Ceratostigma Plumbaginoides)
This is an underused ground cover, comes up late in the spring, fall blooming and the leaves turn a bright red.
 
It is wonderful for color after the daylilies are done.  Arnie's Choice Daylily has been cut down after blooming and produces fresh green foliage to compliment the Plumbago.
 
Panicum Ruby Ribbons In Front of Pennestium Hamelin
 
Ninebark Summer Wine
It is even darker now than the photo shows and picks up the color of the Ruby Ribbons on the other side of the front garden.
 
Heuchera Southern Comfort
This heuchera was one of the best this summer, some dried leaves were easily pulled off to make way for new growth.  It is in the golden stage now changing to many ranges of orange and red.  This one keeps its foliage all winter!
 
Heuchera Peach Flambe
This heuchera didn't even blink in the high heat, no leaf loss and it takes full sun.  I have it planted on the north side along the path so it is probably darker than it would be in full sun.
 
Heuchera Autumn Leaves
This one is a keeper, some dried leaves in the heat but bounces back quickly with some extra water.
 
Heuchera Carmel
It looks a little sickly now but is beginning to recover from bleaching out, very little leaf drying.
 
The Heucherellas do very well in the heat with no leaf dieback on any of the ones I grow, i.e., Stoplight, Sweet Tea, Golden Zebra, Redstone Falls and Solar Eclipse.
 
Heucherella Golden Zebra
 
Heucherella Solar Eclipse
 
Many of the Heucheras and Heucherellas begin to look alike but they all have their own unique characteristics.  Some will take full sun and others prefer part shade, some are prone to insect damage and others are not susceptible.
 
Autumn Clematis blooms on the pergola so it's real beauty is appreciated from my bedroom window!
 
Ramona keeps on blooming.  I may cut down more of my Type II's and III's next year to see if I can get them to rebloom like this one.
 
Cimicifuga Atropurpurea
I like it even before it blooms.
 
Miscanthus Udine
This one has a pinkish plume when it opens up.
 
I bought one of those designer pumpkins this year to outfox the squirrels.  They are harder and lumpy, we'll see!
 

15 comments:

Beth said...

The fall decor in your last photo is fabulous! You have the BEST containers, Eileen. Your phlox and heucheras and heucherella look great too. Love your autumn header and blog background too. Your blog is definitely one of my favorites - lots of "pretties" and I enjoy how you educate as well.
Blessings, Beth

My Garden Diaries said...

Lovely shots of your garden. I have seen the Plumbago (Ceratostigma Plumbaginoides) before but don't know much about it. I am thinking I would like to try it because it has such wonderful color!

Jennifer said...

Hi Eileen, I bought some Plumbago (Ceratostigma Plumbaginoides) just recently. It has the prettiest blue flowers doesn't it? You have a wonderful collection of heuchera. Love the bumpy pumpkin and planters at the end of the post.

Balisha said...

Is that one Sweet Autumn Clematis?
Your flowers look so pretty with the drops of water on them.
Balisha

GRACE PETERSON said...

Designer Pumpkins. I love it. The Golden Zebra Heucherella is outstanding. i want one. :)

The phlox were late this year and are just now finishing up. They get so sad when they're thirsty but always perk back up after a good soaking.

Is your Ninebark in shade? Mine is in full, hot sun and is scorched and pathetic. I think I'll have to move it.

Your garden is always so gorgeous!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Beth,

It is hard to believe that fall is just about here. I hear that some areas are going to get an early frost, this will take care of just about everything that is left.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Garden Diaries,

The Plumbago is great for under daylilies as it comes up later in the spring, great fall color also.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Jennifer,
It does have such bright blue flowers and it comes at such a good time when everything else is winding down.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Balisha,

Yes that is Sweet Autumn Clematis. I do cut it down after it is done so that we don't get all of that fluffy stuff in the spring. It is very vigorous but does give us some extra shade over the pergola.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Grace,

I actually got that unusual pumpkin at Home Depot. The Heucherellas have been great performers in the heat. Ninebarks are supposed to do well in the heat, drought, etc. Mine is in the front of my home facing east, so they do not get that hot west sun later in the day.

Eileen

Zoey said...

I like Southern Comfort. It reminds me of Caramel; only a bit more green.

Cimicifuga Atropurpurea is also quite interesting. I have been looking for a Cimicifuga for years, but they are never for sale in my area.

Your fall containers look good (as they always do). It will be interesting to see if the squirrels mess with your designer pumpkin.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Zoey,

My Southern Comfort is now developing some rust colored leaves. I can't believe that they are predicting an early frost after the summer we have had!

Eileen

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CanadianGardenJoy said...

Everything looks amazing Eileen .. I have Peach Flambe as well and it is my favorite .. same performance here in the heat and drought .. I have Brunette cimicfuga and it is HUGE with flowers too .. but the rain is going to beat them down a bit .. I don't care though, we NEED the rain!!
Joy

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There is no greater teacher than experience. Summer is ending the air told us. Excellent photos you have here.