There are foliage plants that look good:I always thought coleus needed a lot of moisture. But I planted several kinds of coleus in a bed dominated by a lilac and a smokebush, both moisture sucking shrubs, and the coleus have looked spectacular all summer. I might have watered them once. ‘Alligator Tears’ above is a new introduction from Proven Winners. ‘Crimson Gold’ is from Ball Horticultural. These are not the coleus my grandmother grew, that’s for sure.
This combination really pleases me, but it happened by itself: These are first year seedlings from the Allegheny vine that bloomed last year. I am not 100% certain this is ‘Blackout,’ from Skagit Gardens. It could be ‘Mahogany’. I had two of each and planted them all together, and they got a case of lost-tag-itis. They’re both nice coral bells that have survived two mud seasons now. I find just about all heucheras will make it through my winters, but a lot of them die during mud season.
The heat-lovings annuals that most people consider summer staples are just now coming into their own at the beginning of autumn. You heard me. Autumn is just around the corner for us and many annuals here are cut down by frost before they’ve reached their peak. Still, they make August a more interesting month in the garden. Take, for example, this zinnia:Cadie started a lot of zinnias from a lot of different packets and planted them wherever there was an empty spot. We’re pretty sure this is ‘Apricot Blush’ from Renee’s Garden, though it is a deeper color in Renee’s photo.
It has become tradition for Cadie to plant morning glories all along the chicken yard fence. Update: Cadie just corrected me:
This year ‘Early Call’ was one of the few to germinate. It’s actually the pink from Botanical Interests Sunrise Blend, which now has a different set of flowers on the seed packet.
New Plant Gamble: Crocosmia‘Distant Planet’ crocosmia was obtained this spring from the late, great Seneca Hill Perennials nursery. Ellen Hornig believes it to be “northern-hardy” and rates it Zone 5 with a question mark. Crocosmia is not typically hardy here, but what if . . . ? A girl can dream, can’t she?
Inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year,” Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens, and leave a link in Mr. Linky and the comments of May Dreams Gardens.
Thanks to Proven Winners, Ball Horticultural, Renee’s Garden Seeds, and Skagit Gardens for the opportunity to trial their plants and seeds.