|Hello September Garden!|
|Dwarf Butterfly Bush|
The first bloom we come across that is prominent this time of year is that of Dwarf Butterfly Bush (Buddleia Low & Behold Blue Chip) with its brightly colored fragrant blooms, which are an attraction to bumble bees and butterflies. The elongated purple blooms are one of my favorites.
|Dwarf Rudbeckia 'Little Goldstar'|
Rudbeckia 'Little Gold Star' (Black Eyed Susan) is blooming in the back border garden. This dwarf variety blooms for several months, and grows to about 18 inches high, making it excellent for smaller spaces. It also tends to stay in tighter clumps and does not take over like the original species.
|Variegated Liriope Blooming for September|
|Sedum Dragon's Blood|
There are many varieties of Sedum that bloom throughout the late summer months into fall. This one by the back pool garden is called Sedum 'Dragon's Blood'. It serves as a ground cover, growing to only four to six inches tall and spreading to about 24 inches wide. It's foliage forms interesting wine-red tips in late summer along with blooms.
|Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar & Sedum|
In the front garden, below this Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar is Sedum 'Brilliant', a medium sized variety, growing to approximately 18-24 inches tall with deep pink blooms. Mugo Pine rests between the two.
Another favorite late summer bloomer is Hydrangea 'Tardivia'. Each September I love to collect cuttings and bring them to my neighbor Joan, the dear lady next door who is like a second mom to me, and to whom I dedicated my second book. She returns the vase I delivered them the following September and I refill it for her. The flowers have a light fragrance and keep for a long time, then can be kept as a dried flower display over the winter.
Take one last peek at the pool area in summer mode. I am enjoying the gardens with the pool open for a few more days and then it will be all tucked away for the winter season. I can't believe how quickly the summer has passed, and that autumn is already on the way.
|Pink Knock Out Rose in September|
There are still reminders of summer as this Double Knock Out Rose keeps on blooming along the patio garden. These hardy roses just keep on giving, right through the first hard frost!
As autumn approaches, much of the attention is on foliage. Here in the front raised garden, a towering Blue Atlas Cedar has Juniperus 'Gold Lace' and two varieties of Heuchera (Coral Bells) as a second and third layer beneath it for all season interest.
|Back Secret Shade Garden|
In the back secret shade garden is Heuchera 'Caramel', which gets as big as hosta, while remaining semi-evergreen throughout winter. I cannot get enough of this plant and it has also become very popular with my clients. If you're wondering, Caramel Coral Bells are hardy in USDA zones 4-9.
|Welcoming Water Hole|
In the back of the secret garden is this decorative birdbath that I purchased out in eastern Long Island a few years ago. I love the engraving on it and the saying inside which says, Love is on the sparrow and I know he welcomes me." If you get closer up you will see that it goes down pretty deep and that there is actually water in the birdbath for the birds to enjoy, along with the engraving!
|Rejuvenated Daylilies for September|
Do you rejuvenate your Daylilies? This is a clump I rejuvenated back in August and it is now full of brand new foliage and blooms. It works very well with these Stella D Oro's.
|Stella D Oro Daylily Blooms for September|
I do enjoy the prolonged blooms into autumn.
|Crape Myrtle Sioux September|
Lets walk around to the southern portion of the backyard where the Crape Myrtles are blooming. These two trees supply blooms for several months, and I always look forward to the end of July, when they usually start to show their first buds.
|Crape Myrtle Sioux|
Crape Myrtle 'Sioux' and 'Muskogee' are both hardy in zones 6-9. 'Sioux' displays large deep pink blooms...
|Crape Myrtle Muskogee September|
while 'Muskogee' produces lilac-pink blooms. This 'Muskogee' is the newer of the two, just completing it's third season.
|Back Shade Garden|
Let's take a look at some more of the shade garden where Rependens Yew, Japanese Forest Grass, Variegated Boxwood and Leucothoe thrive. Here...it is all about the foliage, and I enjoy combining different shades and textures.
The Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra) has grown to several feet wide over the years and I get so much enjoyment from it as it fills in this spot.
Here at the perennial border, there are signs of autumn approaching. As blooms turn into seed heads, food is supplied for the birds. The other day a beautiful Eastern Goldfinch was enjoying the Echinacea seed heads in the backdrop (right). I ran for my camera, but he flew away too quickly for me!
|Viburnum Summer Snowflake Blooming in September|
As we approach the back western garden, Summer Snowflake Viburnum is showing off its last hurrah with a third round of blooms for the summer season, while there are subtle signs of fall in the other areas.
|Nellie Stevens Holly Late Summer Berries|
The berries on the Nellie Stevens Holly have become much larger and are a brilliant red, while the Weeping White Pine shows off its handsome pine cones.
|Pine Cones on White Pine|
One thing I love about this time of year is when the large wispy plumes of 'Yaku Jima' Maiden Grass sway in the slightest breeze.
Last, but not least, the garden has a new visitor. This bunny was probably born on the property and we have watched him grow from youngster into adult throughout the summer. He has been very respectful of the garden and spends most of his time nibbling the grass.
|A New Garden Visitor|
Abram L. Urban. "In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful." The quote just seems so fitting to me, as I gaze upon my garden and gather my thoughts at the end of each day, finding peace and tranquility.
|Thanks for Visiting My September Garden|
I hope you enjoyed this month's tour through my garden. Special thanks go out to our hostesses Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who makes it 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 Floral Fridays, Macro Monday 2, and Nature Notes at Rambling Woods. Also check out Garden Bloggers' Foliage Day at Creating my own garden of the Hesperides, Wednesday Around the World, Dishing It & Digging It and Image-in-ing weekly photo share every Tuesday.
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As Always...Happy Gardening!
As Always...Happy Gardening!