Welcome to another Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Foliage Follow-Up for the month of September. Fall arrives in less than a week but the blooms are more vivid than ever in the garden. It has been an unusual gardening year weather wise with a severe winter followed by a cool and moist spring and a cooler and drier summer than usual. We had our warmest days of the summer the first week of September with temperatures in the 80's with high humidity but now the temperatures are regulating in the 70's and there are signs of fall. I have been enjoying the garden and invite you to take a tour with me so come along and see!
Blue Atlas Cedar Cones September
In the front yard showy cones are forming on the spiky blue foliage of the Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica Glauca) showing signs of fall. This tree now towers at approximately fifty feet!
Driveway Entry: Coral Bark Maple and Golden Oriental Cedar
The grasses are showing off their wonderful plumes and the Coral Bark Maple (Acer palmatum 'Sango kaku' is already turning to shades of yellow.
Echinacea PowWow 'Wild Berry'
I have been enjoying one of my newest additions to the front garden beds, Echinacea PowWow 'Wild Berry'. Their deep pink hue and ability to attract butterflies is a benefit to the garden. Another variety that I have added is 'Cheyenne Spirit' which displays hues of pink, orange,yellow and cream all on the same plant. We will visit that one as we come to the other side of the garden!Sedum Brilliant and Hinoki Cypress (Left)
A favorite of mine at this time of year is Sedum 'Brilliant'. It is a sure sign of fall with its late blooming brilliant pink color.
Heucherella 'Buttered Rum'
Heucheralla 'Buttered Rum' was a new find in the past month at the local nursery. It is a hybrid mix between a Heuchera and Tiarella and is supposed to stay evergreen throughout the winter....updates next spring! I am enjoying its caramel and rum colored mixture of foliage.
Here is Hydrangea 'Tardivia' in bloom...
and a close up against the blue "almost" autumn sky.
Hakonechloa macra '
The Japanese Forest Grass has unusually large plumes this year as it is reaching about two feet in diameter.
Spirea Double Play 'Big Bang' September
Here are some more signs of fall. The Spirea Double Play are turning to hues of gold and orange and the hosta blooms are forming their seed heads.
Liriope is a welcomed sight in the garden in September with its flower spikes of vibrant purple as you can see here.
September Perennial Garden
As we move along to the back gardens the perennial border is in September mode. You can see the Platycodon (Balloon Flower) is displaying its blue blooms. We'll get a little closer up later on.Foliage Combo: Sedum 'Brilliant' and Herchera 'Palace Purple'
Here is a bloom and foliage combo of Sedum 'Brilliant' against Heuchera 'Palace Purple' (Coral Bells) in the backdrop.
Sedum with Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar and Mugo Pine
Here is another combo of Sedum with Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar and Mugo Pine.Raised Garden September
This dwarf Butterfly Bush Lo & Behold 'Blue Chip' as proven to be a winner and is in bloom again for this mid-September garden. I have seen a few Swallowtails and Monarchs on it this season but the numbers of butterflies have seem to gone down. I enjoy seeing the ones I can.
Front Lawn Street View September
This is a scene of the street from my front yard in late afternoon. I was amazed by the hues of the trees in the background turning to shades of golds and oranges already. It is really starting to look like fall and I think it is a combination of the dry summer we have had and the sudden drop in temperatures over the past couple of weeks after the few days of a heat wave.
Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula' (Weeping Alaskan Cedar) and Rhododendron
After many years the Alaskan Cedar and Rhododendron in the back garden are really maturing...
Cedrus atlantica 'Pendula' (Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar)
and the Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar now reaches to approximately fifteen feet in length!
Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit'
Ready for some close-ups? Above is Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit' (read more about it here) and next is...
and Hemerocalis (Daylily) 'Stella D Oro' in bloom. This is the second bloom for the daylily after I rejuvenated them in August.
One of the things I admire about autumn are the changes that take place in the garden. Here the plumes on my dwarf fountain grasses signaling the change in seasons.
Even the 'Rosy Glow' Barberry starts to change in color this time of year as it goes to shades of pinks and oranges. It is starting to turn here.
September Sunset over Shade Garden
I hope you enjoyed the walk through my September garden. Please visit our hostesses Carol at May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Pam at Digging for Foliage Follow-Up. I am also linking up to Creative Country Mom's new Home Sweet Garden Party and Today's Flowers. Thank you so much for visiting and if you leave a note I will know you dropped by to say hello and I will be sure to visit you as well!
As Always...Happy Gardening!
Monday, September 15, 2014
Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up: September 2014 Garden - Almost Fall
Labels: crape myrtle, echinacea, Foliage Follow-Up, Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, heuchera, hydrangea, late summer perennials, liriope, long-blooming perennials, sedum, weeping Alaskan Cedar, weeping blue atlas cedar
Location: Sayville, Long Island, NY 11782, USA