The calendar says it is still summer, but the low humidity, cooler temps and a north breeze makes us all think of Fall. My favorite time of the year.
Walking around the yard today the fall perennials are coming into their own. I was going to dig up my sedum because it has always flopped by this time. With losing so many trees in the tornado last fall, I have more sun on this bed and my sedum is looking great! Sedums are a great perennial because it is really low maintenance, and during the spring and summer, adds texture to the perennial bed. Then, late summer it starts to blossom and will provide beautiful fall color until frost.
The turtlehead are just starting to bloom. The foliage of the
turtlehead is a deep green – much deeper in color than most other greens from the surrounding plants. It is a taller perennial, so be sure to place in the back of the bed, or in the center of an island bed. It will spread somewhat so be ready for that!
Ligularia! My ‘Rocket’ ligularia have already bloomed, but my Britt Marie Crawford and Othello just started blooming a weekor so ago. Britt Marie Crawford with the deep purple leaves is stunning with the yellow flowers. Again, these are taller perennials so watch your placement. They stay put so no worries about spreading.
Then again – my Goldsturm Rudbeckia. We have many groups throughout the yard, but the picture here is of the boulder garden on the north side of our house. It is beautiful. We have had Rudbeckia blossoming forweeks now and it looks just as if it started. It will be looking incredible until October!
The hydrangeas continue to shine! Shrub form or tree form – they are beacons in the garden. The picture here is of our Vanilla Strawberry shrub form hydrangea. We have some type of hydrangea on each side of the yard so no matter where we are – we are treated to the beauty of these plants.