Welcome to my garden in September as late blooms emerge and foliage transforms into a beautiful array of color. Welcome to Garden Blogger's Bloom Day September 2012...a time when gardeners from around the world get to appreciate what's blooming next door. Stroll along with me as we visit my zone 7 Long Island garden.
|Dwarf Butterfly Bush Lo & Behold 'Blue Chip'|
Dwarf Butterfly Bush Lo & Behold 'Blue Chip' and Red Knock Out Roses are still in their glory with blooms throughout the entire summer and well into fall until the first frost. In the backdrop are Arborvitae 'Emerald Green', Barberry 'Rosy Glow', Gold Mop Cypress and Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar.
|Dwarf Butterfly Bush (left) & Knock Out Roses (right)|
Below is Sedum 'Brilliant' which starts its show now in September and blooms throughout Fall. Even after it is done blooming the spend seed heads will look great in the garden and attract birds. I have taken on a whole new liking to Sedum this season with additions of many new varieties to the garden. The colors still change as the blooms mature.
|Sedum 'Brilliant'-early blooms|
|Sedum 'Brilliant'-mature blooms|
I have enjoyed my Nandina Domestica (Heavenly Bamboo) for many years now and look forward to its wonderful purple-red berries in late summer and Fall. Here it is below. The berries also attract birds to the garden.
|Nandina domestica (Heavenly Bamboo)|
As we stroll along we pass by a new friend who watches over the garden...
and fits in just purr-fectly!
The Liriope is putting on a show with its bright purple flower spikes...
|Verbena 'Homestead Purple'|
and brand new to the garden this September is perennial Verbena 'Homestead Purple'. This perennial flowers from summer until frost with vibrant purple blooms and keeps its semi-evergreen foliage. I have been wanting this one for some time now and have found a spot for it right along the front walkway to enjoy.
My 'Tardivia' Hydrangea tree with its fragrant blooms has grown to be quite a specimen on the northeast side of the property. Its blooms are a welcome sight in late summer.
I recently added this Hinoki Cypress 'Crippsi' (center). I am really enjoying it and hoping that it does well in its new home! The foliage is so delicate and I love the golden color especially next to the 'Patriot' hosta.
|Hinoki Cypress 'Crippsi' & 'Patriot' Hosta|
Crape Myrtle'Tuscarora' Bloom
The color on the Crape Myrtles is much deeper this year probably due to the span of hot weather and then moisture that really made them pop. Pictured here is Lagerstroemia 'Tuscarora' in full bloom.
|Front Entrance Path|
As we walk along the walkway to the front of the house the garden is showing signs of Fall. The Birch trees are losing leaves but already pushing out new buds for next year. The evergreens will supply color throughout the winter months.
|Dwarf Fountain Grass 'Hameln'|
One thing I always admire in September are the delicate wispy plumes of the dwarf fountain grass as they sway in the wind. It is a sign of summer past as the seasons are changing in here in the northeast.
The Heuchera 'Caramel' (Coral Bells) new last summer are thriving and deepen in color as they bring in the cooler weather. They have really proven themselves in this gardener's garden with rich changing color all season long.
The evergreen and perennial garden I have had for years is really filling out nicely. The old reliable Lamb's Ear really adds a touch of white to add some contrast and dimension to the border. I also added Salvia 'Maynight' for some additional late summer color.
Here Daylily 'Stella D Oro' displays brand new foliage and more blooms. For the past couple of years I have been cutting them completely back in August and it has really prolonged the bloom season of these plants. It has also become a regular routine on the to-do list.
Here are more grasses with Sedum 'Brilliant', Heuchera 'Palace Purple' (Coral Bells) and Juniperus 'Blue Star'. I just can't get enough of the grasses in Fall and they are great all summer long as well.
The Lantana tree (annual in the northeast) my husband surprised me with this summer is really doing nicely in its new planter and will stay outside a little longer until the temperatures start to drop. This welcome member has been such a joy to see on the patio everyday and hopefully it will successfully over-winter in the garage. Any over-wintering tips are greatly appreciated!
Thank you for visiting my September garden. Please visit our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens to see what is blooming in gardens around the world and to share your passion of gardening along with us.
"A late summer garden has a tranquility found no other time of the year."
- William Longgood
As Always...Happy Garden Blogger's Bloom Day and Happy Gardening!