Sunday, September 09, 2012

Fall Is In The Air

It is hard to believe that we actually might be in for some cooler weather, an overheated and drought filled summer will finally be over.

Panicum Northwind is filled with seed heads.

I have already planted my front planters for the fall.  I am using many perennials this year that will go into the garden in November, very good luck doing this with the sedums.

I kept the Dichondra added some perennials like Sedum Bedazzled and Sedum Matrona, along with Ruby Perfection Cabbage and the annual flame grass. 

The mums are getting ready and according to the nursery have been delayed this year because of the heat.  They need cool weather to bloom, so here's hoping that the next few weeks are cooler.

The coleus I will leave until the frost comes, looks so good in a fall garden.

I am not adverse to replacing some of those little mums that are blooming now since they were only 88 cents at Home Depot and there are early, middle and late blooming varieties.

Autumn Fire is not supposed to flop and it is totally upright in the alley garden.  I think these had too much water from the sprinkler system.

Ramona is a Type II clematis that I cut down after blooming, rewarding me with another bloom cycle.

Comtesse de Bouchard was a new one on the north side that just fried in the heat, so I cut it down and now it is reblooming.

Gerald Darby is a great iris even without blooms.  It is purple in the spring with bright green arching leaves later in the summer.  I have it against my Ninebarks on the north front side of my home.

Right now I am not liking the cordyline that I moved from the front to the back planters.  I think they lost too much of their root system to survive, but we will see.

The cordyline didn't make it so I put in a Kale in the background that is supposed to get about three feet high.  I bought new containers on sale at a local nursery, very deep, so I hope I will not have the watering problem I had this year.

Miscanthus Little Kitten is getting ready to show its plumes.
Panicum Ruby Ribbons
Pennesitum Piglet
Amsonia Northwind Select is getting ready to put on its gold autumn show.
I replaced my Helianthus Lemon Queen with Weigela Summer Wine.
I was given Anemone Robustissima Pink at the Midwest Groundcovers Workshop last fall and it is going to bloom beautifully this fall.

 Chelone Hot Lips
Unique Hydrangea was not as large this year and less blooms but the blooms it has are very large.
Hydrangea Limelight had the same problems this year, more floppiness, less bloom and very large flowers.

This is definitely a coleus I would plant again.  Trusty Rusty is a heat lover!  Don't trim your boxwood now.  In zone 5 and colder any new growth will freeze and turn brown.

This is Home Run Rose Pink, just about full grown from my small four inch pots that I trialed for Proven Winners Choice last year.  They were just about devoid of Japanese Beetles and I am going to let them produce rose hips this year.  As you can see they continue to produce flowers along with rose hips.

The Mariachi Peppers love the heat and I have made a few batches of them already this season.

I wasn't too thrilled with the Sunpatiens earlier this year, but I found they are top performers out of the pot and in the garden with just a little shade.

The Nasturtiums have just gone crazy.  I may have to pull them in order to let the peppers and parsely survive.

I always say that I am not going to buy too many mums, but I just can't resist once they come into the nurseries.  Cabbages, Kale, , I know there is a genetic difference, but who cares, they look great this time of year and they actually take the heat.


Bernie H said...

That mound of Mums ready to burst into bloom in your front garden is just amazing. Lovely to see the Dichondra trailing over the edge of that great planter. I really must use it more in my own planters. Everything looks pretty darn good given that you've had such a dry and hot summer.

Beth said...

Hi Eileen, Your gardens look so colorful. I like your coleus, the grasses, and your beautiful containers. I like mums and ornamental cabbages/kale too.

Zoey said...

Love the fall containers. Trusty Rusty does look like a keeper. I have been so happy with the new sun tolerant coleus. It is nice to be able to use them in more than shady areas.

Lona said...

Your containers are always so lovely Eileen. I love that Rusty Coleus too. Just perfect for the summer and into fall coloring.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Bernie,

That mound of mums is actually bred to have that round shape. It is Bronze Bedazzled.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Beth,

All of fall plantings certainly make the garden more interesting. Years ago we went from summer to nothing.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Zoey,

Trusty Rusty is a great one. It is quite large so snipping to shape is in order.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Lona,

I will try to keep Trusty Rusty but I know the first frost will get it.


Landscape Design By Lee said...

Just came across your blog...beautiful colors and textures in your garden. Love the coleus and containers!

garden girl said...

Looks great Eileen! I love the fall containers, especially the one with sedums.

Mary Anne said...


Once again many thanks for all of your great tips. Weather changes have caused many of my plants to take a great beating this summer and I know I will have to change many of my plantings for next Spring. I have jotted down your great suggestions and look forward to using some of them Spring season 2013. Thanks Eileen

Karen said...

Hi Eileen, so good to see your post on fall planting tips. I was looking wistfully at all the mums on display but just don't have the energy this year to put them in the planters in the driveway. I can dream about how pretty it would be since I've seen the evidence of fall planning and planting on your blog so many times. The Home Run rose sounds like a winner. Thank you for the informational post, always a wealth of information and inspiration.


Your garden once again totally enchants me, Eileen. Your containers are just fabulous and your blooming grasses are delightful.

I think I need to move my Ninebark. The leaves have burned and I think it needs more shade. It's always something. :)

I'm glad you're getting cooler temperatures now. Hopefully the rest of the season will be comfortable and garden-friendly weather.

Jennifer said...

Everything is looking great Eileen, despite the terrible summer we had. I always admire your containers. In this post, I particularly liked the yellow mums, yellow pansies and the purple cabbage. Very nice combination. The coleus I grew this year made me fall in love with these plants in general. I will keep an eye out for that pretty Rusty coleus next spring.