Walking around the garden today, I was struck yet again by the variety of flower and foliage textures and sizes. There are plants with huge flowers, like this 'Josephine' clematis...
And those with petite, delicate flowers such as the 'Dallas Blues' switchgrass and the Brazilian vervain, better known as Verbena bonariensis.
This annual verbena is truly popular, showing up more regularly in 4 or 6-packs of transplants (for those who want a little speedier performance) as well as in seed packages. V. bonariensis is a great bee and butterfly plant, and gives a wonderful airy effect in the garden.
The sturdy Japanese anemone contrasts wonderfully with another switchgrass, 'Cheyenne Sky'.
A little festive decor: ornamental gourds and a pumpkin contrast with the last of the annuals and a container of decorative kale.
Sturdy and steady Virginia creeper is beginning to display its fall finery. I need to do some serious pruning of this plant, as it may knock down the arbour one of these days! Or perhaps, it's holding it up.
From the delicate foliage and flowers of the heather (right panel), to the sturdier and larger flowers of the foxglove (top left), the amusing beadlike flowers of variegated Obedient plant (Physostegia, bottom left), to the striking and wonderful blossoms of 'Cloudy' aconite (centre), there is a huge variety still going strong here.
A sedum's flowerhead is composed of many delicate, petite star-shaped flowers. This one is 'Mediovariegatum'.
Buddleia are similar: a collection of tiny florets make up the larger, showy flowerhead. This is my alltime favourite buddleia, 'Sungold.' I have two of them this year, and am hoping at least one will overwinter decently.
We all know I love asters, echinaceas, rudbeckias, chrysanthemums of all sizes and colours. I love the breathy, delightful petite beauty of 'Lady in Black' calico aster...
The jawdropping spectacle that is 'Hot Papaya' echinacea, definitely a star in my books...
And everything in between! Someday, I'd like to do a bed of only members of the compositae family...with a huge variety of textures as well as colours...but for the time being, we have the joy of Picasa to make a virtual garden.