I don't know about you, but I'm ready for autumn. With my son off to Army boot camp and my daughter busy with her senior year in high school, I'm itchy for change. With no large projects in sight ( I love projects!), I'm happy to welcome the season by enjoying the changes in my garden.
No name toad lilies from a friend thrive in the moist soil near the Big Daddy rain barrel.
This clump started out as just a few small seedlings.
White mist flower (eupatorium)
Dwarf solidago and coneflower seed heads
'Rotkugel' oregano and dwarf solidago
I have no idea what kind of insects these are but they were all over the solidago flowers.
I think they were trying to make baby mystery bugs so I felt a little weird taking their pictures...
Variegated sedum and aster ericoides grow in very dry shade.The sedum flowers are a very soft pink.
Northern sea oats and variegated Solomon's Seal grow behind the aster and variegated sedum.
This was the first year I'd ever grown ornamental grasses and I really love them, especially these cool seed heads. I saw a dwarf variety of sea oats called French Tickler at the garden center today. Perhaps I should plant a few over by the baby-making mystery bugs.
My 'Autumn Joy' sedum is a bit mildewy and I don't know why. Do you? Even the flower heads are smaller than usual.
Heart leafed aster (aster divarcatus) and blue creeeping plumbago grow under my Rose of Sharon. Teensy minature hosta grow in the butterfly pot. They were also a gift from a friend.
Empty swallowtail butterfly chrysalis hangs from a coneflower stem.
'Starman' geraniums bloom in the fall. They like moist, rich soil and partial shade.
My pots of sweet potatoes are packed with potatoes! The pots are so full I can find potatoes almost bursting through the soil. Once we get our first frost, I'm going to harvest them.
I planted this 'Graham Thomas' climbing rose this spring and it's grown almost 4 feet this summer. Thanks to the cooler weather, it's set a few buds and will bloom a few more times before winter.
Blue and pink Wood's asters
'Sheffield Pink' mums and 'Purple Dome' asters will start blooming soon.
This blue mist flower grows in a bit of shade and needed to be cut back to make it bushier. I didn't realize this until it was too late, so it's a bit floppy. Live and learn. It's still pretty! :o)
Obedient plants (phytostegia) are a Virginia native that grows in my front garden. The bees love them!
Lespedeza 'Spring Grove' looks like the cultivar Gibralter but is shorter.
This is a really weird spot near my driveway. When it snows we pile our snow in front of the rain barrel, where the lespedeza is growing. I wanted to plant something there that would be tough but could be cut back in the fall so the snow didn't crush it. I planted this as a tiny stick last fall and not only did it not snow, but we had the warmest winter on record. The lantana are just pretty fillers until the lespedeza grows large enough to fill the spot. It will grow to about 4 feet tall.
New plants for the garden. Hello, Rozanne!