Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hello Fall!

Fall is coming in slowly this year and supposedly will last longer than normal.  The Limelight Hydrangea in the header is more rose colored than ever before.

A new variety of Aster, "Kickin Asters" in the foreground, daylilies resprouting green leaves after trimming.

The large containers in front have been redone for fall.  However, the ivy and cordyline have been kept from the summer - both will tolerate cool weather.

The fall colors have not taken over yet in the front garden but will soon look like a fall collage.

Deep Red Swiss Chard With Mums, Kale, Petunias And Ivy

Comtesse de Bouchard is reblooming, trimmed back by one-half after blooming in the summer.

Little Lime Hydrangea is behind the stone wall in front where I used to have the Rhodies.  They love the east exposure and will take water much better, also have a longer cycle of bloom and color for four seasons.

Miscanthus Udine with Rudbeckia Subtomentosa

Rudbeckia Henry Eilers and Zinnias vie for attention on the south side.

Panicum Ruby Ribbons is not as full as other Panicums but it does add a deep red color to the fall garden.

Allium Summer Beauty in the background can remain standing for fall if they hold up.  Some of mine hold their seed heads and some don't.  Usually by late fall I have cut them down.

Sedum Matrona And Amsonia Northwind
This is an upright sedum, starts out pink and turns a chocolate color for fall and winter.
Sedum Pure Joy With Plumbago
Sedum Autumn Fire
Ninebark Summer Wine
Four seasons of interest, flowers, leaf color changes and peeling bark for the winter.
Pennisetum Piglet with Amsonia Northwind Select
I spy only one tree in the distance turning color, hope it is not diseased as the one next to it was just cut down last week.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014


Some winners for the summer of 2014:

Supertunia Bordeaux
This one even out performed Bubblegum in my garden, not as leggy and continues to produce lots of new blooms.
Supertunia Bubblegum
This was in its glory in July, now has few blooms and very leggy.
Suncatcher Petunia Purple Rose
This is one petunia, trailing, outperformed any trailer I have every had!  It is growing with Sweet Caroline Sweet Potato Vine, Calliope Lavender Rose Geranium and Red Pennisetum Grass.

Flame Petunia with Ipomoea Sidekick Black, Verbena Lanai Bright Rose
Combo ordered from Parks as starter plugs

Calibrachoa Superbells Yellow Chiffon
One of the best performers, still going strong in August, not always easy to find.
Caliente Geranium Hot Pink
No deadheading required to set bud, strong grower, can become large enough to trail, withstands the heat.

Whopper Bronze Leaved Dragon Begonia
Angel Wing Dragon Begonia
Coleus Henna
Almost three feet tall and wide
Henna in between the raised bed boxwood bordering the patio, makes quite a statement!

Coleus Redhead
This is one plant!

Sunpatiens Spreading Carmine Red
Trailing habit 20 inches wide, 18 inches high
Sunpatiens Spreading Corona
Planted between Max Frei Geranium
The Sunpatiens were also ordered from Park Seed Company as plugs.  They will flourish in full sun or part shade.