Monday, August 15, 2011

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day August 2011

Panicle Hydrangea 'Tardivia'
It is August in the northeast garden and even though it is still summer there is a hint of fall in the air.  Crape Myrtles are in full bloom, hydrangea are in full display, fountain grasses have already developed their plumes and the later blooming plants such as sedum are getting ready for their time in the spotlight.  Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens we are here again for another walk in the garden to experience all there is to see.  Come walk with me through my zone 7 northeast garden. 

Crape Myrtle 'Tuscarora'

Overall is was a good year.  The spring was cool and rainy followed by a hot and dry summer.  The temperatures in the northeast have cooled down somewhat in the past week and for the past two days we have had steady heavy rains to rejuvenate the landscape.  Even though the summer is dwindling away the blooms that are occurring now are in their prime.  The Crape Myrtles are the first to visit.  Here are Crape Myrtle 'Sioux' and 'Tuscarora'.

Crape Mrytle 'Sioux'

The flower below (platycodon) also known as balloon flower is a conversation piece in my garden every year.  Just like plastic bubble wrap as the balloon-shaped flowers dry out you can pop them loudly between your fingers.  My guests of all ages get a kick out of trying them out!  There are a couple here ready to go!
Platycodon (Balloon Flower)

Lilies as always are the reliable staples in the garden.  They are always there producing lots of blooms throughout the entire summer.  Here we see Hemerocalis 'Sammy Russell' and 'Stella D Oro', a personal favorite for long bloom.  The lilies are getting ready for fall but there are still a few left to highlight the garden.

Daylily 'Sammy Russell'
Stella D Oro Daylily
Nikko Blue Hydrangea

I enjoy when the Hydrangea and Rudbeckia are blooming side by side in the late summer and fall garden.   Here we have Hydrangea 'Nikko Blue' and Rudbeckia 'Goldstrum'.
A Hint of Fall (Fountain Grass)

There is another hint of fall as the fountain grasses have already formed their wonderful plumes.  Along with the heuchera (coral bells), sedum and blue star juniper this combination creates a welcoming spot in the garden.  Even Garden Gal (below) is smiling!
August Garden Gal (still smiling with her bouquet!)
Pool Rock Garden (August)

The flowers of the Sedum 'Aurea' take on a new look in August as dried flowers in the rock garden along side the pool.  I have been enjoying this new addition to the garden since it offers interest all year long and even tends to stay evergreen throughout most of the winter.
Astilbe Chinensis 'Pumila'

While all my other astilbes are mostly done for the season this particular variety (Astilbe Chinensis 'Pumila') is coming into its glory during the month of August.  It is adding some inviting color to the garden. 
Endless Summer 'Twist & Shout' Lacecap Hydrangea
Dwarf Butterfly Bush Buddleia Lo & Behold

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Enjoying Butterfly Bush

As I walk through the garden I am often thrilled to get a glimse of a butterfly visitor on the dwarf butterfly bush that I just added this year.  I was able to capture this moment with my camera one morning as this butterfly put on a show.  That and the blooms of the lacecap hydrangea and knock out rose are supplying so much enjoyment in the August garden.
Knock Out Rose "Radrazz' (A new addition)

Coleus in flower

Delighted Bumble Bee

I was also able to get a shot of this busy bee gathering its pollen and not at all camera shy.  I was also fortunate enough to capture the last of the stargazer lilies that  popped open that day I was gathering my August photos.  They are one of my favorite additions to the garden.
The very last of the Stargazers
A Little Bit of Whimsy!
Thank you for visiting my gardens in August.  You are always welcome here and I enjoy hearing from you.  Please also visit our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens for more August blooms from gardeners around the world and join all of us in celebrating our true passion and love of gardening.  As you go through life making each day count be sure to stop by the garden and always take time to "smell the roses".

Happy GBBD and Happy Gardening!

Author: Lee@A Guide To Northeastern Gardening Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved.


  1. I finally figured out how to leave a comment. Phew. Lee, first have a happy GBBD. Second your blooms are fantastic. Lilies and astilbe are long gone here, but my new Lo and Behold is blooming. It really is small, can I hope for a bit bigger next year?

  2. Love your blooms on this GBBD! Your Crape Myrtle and Hydrangea are so lovely and healthy looking. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Happy GBBD! I really enjoyed your garden. My favorites: the first hydrangea photo...lovely!...and August Garden Girl is so cute!

  4. Thank you for visiting my gardens and a happy GBBD to everyone! Donna-I just planted my new dwarf butterfly bush in May and it didn't really grow much but then it took off in July so I am sure that your's will do the same next year. I am very pleased with it so far and the butterflies do LOVE it!

  5. Lee you have some lovely blooms just now - that Grape Myrtle must look impressive in reality. I've only ever seen them on gardening blogs and I really just can't imagine just how impressive they really are. My stargazers are just about to flower and so is my dwarf buddleja.

  6. I may live in California- but I can tell- Your garden smells wonderful!

  7. Beautiful post...I just noticed the first little Pennisetum bloom last night as I came home from work...I guess it really is heading into fall...hard as that is to believe! Your garden looks full of color and interest, though!

  8. Dear Lee, Your garden is amazing and you have some beautiful blooms for Bloom Day. P. x

  9. You have beautiful blooms in your garden. I have never seen white hydrangeas and I love your Garden Gal and your Little Bit of Whimsical!

  10. Your blooms look great! That hydrangea makes me want to go and get one for my garden.

  11. Hvor har du mange smukke blomster.
    Jeg kan rigtig godt li` billedet med pigen og buketten.
    Tak for kigget.

  12. There is so much to be thankful for in your garden! It is beautiful. Happy GBBD!


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