Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day & Foliage Follow-Up September 2015: Signs of Autumn

September Garden
Welcome to my Long Island garden! As autumn approaches we have been experiencing temperatures in the mid to upper 80's and a significant lack of rain. The long dry spell was finally broken on the 10th. with a day of torrential rain, making up slightly for the moisture that was so desperately needed. There have been hints of autumn with a few days in the lower 80's and cool breezes off the water, a sign of seasonal change. In the garden there are plentiful late summer blooms, graceful grasses with bottle brush plumes,  the formation of seed pods, and berries turning to a reddish hue. Come along with me.
Buddleia Lo & Behold Blue Chip
Our first stop is the dwarf Butterfly Bush which is now in full bloom with fragrant purple panicles, making it a welcome shrub for butterfly visitors.  No butterflies are here at the moment...
Mockingbird
but a different visitor looks from overhead.
Back Raised Garden Bed
In the back raised garden bed Butterfly Bush is joined by Heuchera 'Caramel', Gold Mop Cypress, Barberry 'Rosy Glow' and Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar.
Sedum Brilliant September
Sedum in bloom means summer is winding down.  The voluminous deep pink blooms are 
a treat when the other perennials are coming to the end of their bloom cycle.
Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar, Mugo Pine and Sedum 'Brilliant'

I enjoy combining different textures together and Sedum is the perfect plant for doing
 so since it displays both texture and color!
Sedum 'Dazzleberry' Stonecrop Late Summer

I planted this variety of Sedum a few years ago in order to add more color to the fall garden.  It thrives in drought conditions and displays striking deep fuchsia blooms that are colorful for up to two months!
Hydrangea 'Endless Summer' September

The 'Endless Summer' Hydrangea are sporting their last blooms for the season. I enjoy every stage of their flowering, even as they start to lose their color and turn a pinkish-green hue.
Hydrangea 'Tardivia' September
The 'Tardivia' Hydrangea are still in full bloom and will continue to bloom into fall.
Crape Myrtle 'Sioux'

One of my favorite members of the garden is Lagerstromeia (Crape Myrtle) 'Sioux'.  It has grown to approximately 25 feet in stature and produces magnificent deep pink blooms from the end of July throughout September.  I look forward to its powerful display all summer long, which is well worth the wait!
Knock Out Roses

 Knock Out Roses continue to bloom all summer long and even into the first snow.
Pink Double Knock Out Rose in September

Let's get a close up of the Double Pink Knock Out in the back flower bed.
Weeping Japanese Maple
The trees, both deciduous and evergreen, seem to be in their element at this time of year.  They always look fuller and more bountiful as late summer approaches.  Soon the Japanese Maple will be showing off its inner twisted structure and the Weeping Norway will provide the greenery that is so needed in the winter landscape.
Weeping Norway Spruce with Fountain Grasses in Backdrop and Heuchera 'Palace Purple' in Foreground

These Heuchera (Coral Bells) are at the entrance to the driveway adding a touch of burgundy.
Variegated Liriope in Bloom

Variegated Liriope is in full bloom now as autumn approaches...
Hakonechloa (Japanese Forest Grass)

and Hakonechloa is at its fullest.
Shade Garden Foliage Combination

For more foliage, here is a combination of shade loving Hosta 'Patriot', 'Rependans' Spreading Yew, 'Palace Purple' Coral Bells and Leucothoe 'Auxillis' in the back pool garden.
Back Perennial Border September

In the perennial border, Astilbe, Lamb's Ear, Echinacea and Ornamental grasses are headed into fall mode, displaying their seed heads and flowing plumes.
September Fountain Grass Plumes

As we get closer the plumes on the fountain grasses are prominent...
Maiden Grass 'Yaku Jima'
and Maiden Grass 'Yaku Jima' is displaying its feathery plumes as well. 
Nandina domestica Berries Forming

With more and more signs of autumn on the way, the berries of Nandina domestica are starting to get their reddish hue...
Wisteria Seed Pods

and the Wisteria sets seed pods in preparation for next season.
September Sunset
September is a wonderful month for transition from summer into fall and many changes are taking place within the garden.  I am happy you were able to come along on this month's tour so I am bidding farewell for now with a September sunset.
September Garden

 Thank you to our hostesses Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who makes it is possible to see blooms on the 15th of every month with her meme Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and Pam at Digging for hosting Foliage Follow-Up.  I am also linking with some other wonderful hosts and hostesses at Tuesday Garden PartyToday's FlowersFloral FridaysMosaic Monday at Lavender Cottage, I Heart MacroMacro Monday 2, and Nature Notes at Rambling Woods.  Also check out What's Blooming This Week Garden Update.

I hope you enjoyed your walk through my September garden.

As Always...Happy Gardening!



Author: Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening, © Copyright 2015. All rights reserved


25 comments:

  1. What splendid blooms and foliage combinations! I love Hydrangea 'Tardivia' - I shall be adding this late flowerer to my wishlist.

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    1. Thank you Sarah. I enjoyed reading your post and am taking note of the Scabiosa!

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  2. It's good to meet another designer Lee... I'm in North West England. I enjoyed this post and look forward to reading more. Gillian at Country Garden UK

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    1. Welcome Gillian! You have beautiful blooms in your garden and I love all the purples and pinks for September. I enjoyed the new cross between Rudbeckia and Echinacea. I have not seen it here yet. Happy Gardening!

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  3. The Weeping Norway Spruce is a new one to me. I really like that, and will be looking into it for my area. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting. Weeping Norway is one of my favorites for its graceful weeping stature...and every one is a little bit unique!

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  4. Wow! So much great stuff in your garden! I need to be taking notes on what's blooming in other's yards this bloom day since my late summer garden is lacking... a lot.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. I just checked out your new website at Ridgetop Farm & Garden...very nice!

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  5. You have such a beautiful garden. I love all the mixed textures in your tour. It does make me tired to think of maintaining so much - I hope you have a lot of help.

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    1. Thank you so much Marty! Believe it or not...it is not much maintenance. I regularly walk the gardens and prune or weed here and there but it is not overwhelming. I try to choose plants that give lots of bang but are not too troublesome maintenance wise.

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  6. You have a beautiful garden!

    Thanks for sharing this post and giving me the idea to also participate!

    I just started a new blog last week about gardening and crafting. You are always welcome visit if you want.

    Greetings, Sofie
    http://sofies-succulent-beads.blogspot.be/2015/09/garden-bloggers-bloom-day-september-2015.html

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    1. Thank you for visiting Sophie and for your lovely comment. I am on my way over to your blog!

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  7. Beautiful flowers! The Wisteria seed pods are so interesting!

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    1. Thank you for visiting Endah. I enjoyed your story about the milkweed. Have a great week!

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  8. This is just about my favorite time of year and I think September in your garden must make it one of yours. Your garden is really lovely. I enjoyed my visit.

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    1. September is a lovely month with so many changes going on. I just gone done admiring your beautiful blooms. Thank you for you lovely comment.

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  9. Oh what a lovely garden you have. I am in love with your 'Endless Summer' hydrangea and the Pink Double Knockout roses! I'm definitely adding Fountain Grass to my list for next year. It looks so beautiful especially in the fall. Happy I found your blog :) Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you Angie! I just visited your fall garden and your sunflower and zinnia blooms are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

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  10. I am lusting after your Crape Myrtle 'Sioux' Lee, wish we could grow it here. Also, H. 'Endless Summer' just doesn't perform with our winter and late frosts and most gardeners have pulled it out. Nice to see some other unusual plants and your healthy hostas. Good heavens, mine are nothing but lacy tatters except for a very small few.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday and happy autumn!

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    1. Thank you for hosting and visiting Judith. Have a great weekend!

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  11. Beautiful insight into your garden beauty. especially love the weeping Japanese Maple.

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    1. Thank you so much Gemma. I remember when I planted it at only three feet tall...boy has it grown!

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  12. Lee just scrumptious...your garden is reveling in the dry heat we had!

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    1. The rains we received right before this post really helped the gardens Donna. Now we are in a cooling trend with temperatures in the 70's...seems like the heat may be done.

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  13. Delightful photos of a wonderful variety of plants. Enjoy the bounties of Autumn!
    Many thanks for contributing to Floral Friday Fotos.

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