If you have been following along over the past few years, you know I encourage people to keep on planting until you can't get a shovel into the ground, and to plant later-blooming shrubs, perennials, and trees. And to deadhead and fertilize your container plantings, to keep them blooming; and to embrace later blooming annuals for refreshing your containers. So I can report lots of colour in my little garden, how about yours?
Leading the charge, above, is 'Cheyenne Spirit' echinacea, in one of its colour forms. I have half a dozen of this new All American Selections winner, and each of them has different coloured flowers. I am very impressed with this coneflower, and hope it holds up well over winter and next year.
One of the first echinaceas I re-acquired this year is 'Green Jewel', a Piet Oudolf introduction. It has light green petals and rich green cones, a nice fragrance, and is a mid-sized plant, not as tall as some, and with strong stems. A star in my books.Baldwins Nurseries in Falmouth, as part of the Bee School workshop that was going on. Among the plants I most recommended for bees and other pollinators are the asters: all of them, wild or cultivated, tall or short. This striking variety is called 'Crimson Brocade', and I am loving its hot colour.
Two terrific performers, one perennial, one shrub, in this photo. 'Purple Parasol' Stokes aster (Stokesia) nestles up against 'Everlasting Revolution' hydrangea. Having seen this hydrangea in Quebec City at the garden writers conference, I simply had to have it. So I do. The Stokes aster is one that I love, and seems to be somewhat underutilized. Give it good drainage, and it should do fine for years to come.
A few weeks back I bought several containers of fall blooming annuals at Hillendale Perennials in Hilden, NS. Lloyd Mapplebeck is a true plant addict, and loves to come up with new combinations of colours and textures. One of my planters includes 4 different types of marigolds, with these huge offwhite ones being my favourites.
One of the non-stop begonias is worthy of its name, as it has been blooming with no pause since I brought it home in June. I'm about to bring it indoors and see how it fares over winter, as it is so beautiful and I need flowers indoors to help me cope!
I was SO pleased to find that chocolate cosmos, a tuber-forming species of cosmos, has become more widely available thanks to the people at Proven Winners. If you've not grown this annual before, it DOES smell of chocolate--and if you keep it deadheaded, it keeps right on blooming until frost. Dig the tubers and store them overwinter as you would a dahlia, or just let the compost take them if that's too much bother.
What's still blooming in YOUR garden?