Viewing tabasco's Garden Diary: Late Summer and Autumn Color for the Garden
I am always looking for ways to create eye-catching bloom for late summer and fall. The problem is: I don't care for mums all that much, so I always have to be on the lookout for 'that something different'.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Lofty Liatris--Beauties for the summer and fall border BBG//www.bbg.org/gar2/topics/plants/2002su_liatris.html
Liatris aspera (rough gayfeather) grows three to five feet high and
The large purple flower heads on Liatris ligulistylis (meadow blazing star) Unsurpassed for butterflies.
Liatris squarrulosa (southern blazing star) produces bright, rosy-purple, inch-long flower heads on six-foot stems from late summer into fall. It was selected as the 1998 North Carolina Wildflower of the Year by the North Carolina Botanical Gardens. It's tough as nails, thriving in poor soils, and is native to many midwestern and southern states.
More on Liatris: //dontveter.com/howtogrow/liataspe.html
Shooting Star Nursery: Liatris collection: //images.google.com/imgres?mgurl=https://pics.davesgarden.com/pics/Marilynbeth_1185769378_287_tn.jpg&imgrefurl=https://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/2180/&usg=__nEm0RvBVhQbg2nBA-nbSW-YIR8U=&h=100&w=100&sz=7&hl=en&start=6&sig2=Wy43XdBxOXfUHvOYYv8-Rg&um=1&tbnid=S730C2brbgq2VM:&tbnh=82&tbnw=82&prev=/images%3Fq%3DLiatris%2Bligulistylis%2Bohio%26hl%3Den%26rls%3Dcom.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox%26sa%3DG%26um%3D1&ei=BcJLStTvGZHplAfIz-SCBQ
Maps showing various Liatris and their native territories: //plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=LIATR
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Another write-up on the Burpee Company//www.answers.com/topic/w-atlee-burpee-co?cat=biz-fin
Friday, July 13, 2007
Zinnias--Late Season Nectar for the Monarchs?I have been researching Zinnias--specifically which ones are best for the butterflies, and I have found out some first hand opinions from GardenWeb posters.
It seems like the Tall Zinnias are preferable for Monarchs--that would be Benary Giants, Cut and Come Agains and the Elegans strains. Some say the best colors are the reds, oranges and purples. Some say single flowered kinds are best, but others have not noticed this preference...
And don't forget Zowie--a butterfly favorite!
I have looked through several catalogs and notice that there are zinnias that bloom earlier in the season, and I think it would be wise to include these as well.
Stokes and Harris have nice selections of zinnias.
An informative article about Zinnia selections:
Monday, June 25, 2007
Phlox 'David' for the Summer Garden PPA excerptPHLOX "DAVID"
Phlox paniculata is known as garden phlox, summer phlox, perennial phlox, or autumn phlox. It is a delight to all gardeners because it has a long bloom season. Many landscape designers call it "the backbone of the summer border." 'David' can be used in both the formal garden and the informal garden as in a cottage garden style or in a naturalized design. It provides great garden color and fragrance from July through September. Use 'David' with Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus' (purple coneflower) or Echinops ritro (globe thistle) for a study in color and textural contrasts. For a stunning effect plant 'David' with Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light' or Miscanthus sinensis 'Cabaret' to provide a color echo of the variegation of the grass foliage with the white flowers of 'David'. The blue flowers of Aster laevis 'Bluebird' highlight the white panicles of Phlox 'David' for an excellent autumn-blooming combination. If gardeners are looking for a great choice for fragrance, color, mildew resistance, and long season bloom, there is no better choice than Phlox 'David'.
Thursday, November 2, 2006
Anemones for Beautiful Autumn BloomThis summer I was lucky to acquire some new Anemones for our front circle garden through trade with DG friends. I also ordered 6 small starts from Bluestones end of season sale. So I am looking forward to some beautiful bloom around the front door next year.
I have been watering the starts and plants regularly and I have them planted in part shade/sun, so I hope they will find their garden space inviting.
Some say Anemones can be invasive, but I don't find them so.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Anemone Japonica: A late blooming beautyThe Japanese Anemone was a pretty surprise in our fall garden this year. We had planted five or six from the Bluestone Perennials sale a couple of years ago but they were never to be seen blooming, then, this month one plant, the popular cultivar, A. 'honorine jobert', gathered up the energy to bring forth the prettiest white blooms in the front dining room garden. A lovely accent to the new fountain, the ajuga 'burgundy glow' and 'metallica crispa' and the white edged hosta.
In the garden, plant associations also include the Aster 'novae-angliae', in rich shades of purple and lavendars and might be nice in our fountain garden, too.
According to the British Botanical Gardens article below, these anemone are best started by root cuttings which could be a long process, however, much worth it.
Friday, September 29, 2006
Autumn Garden Center HoppingIt was a clear sunny morning, so instead of doing housework in anticipation of the weekend, I drove over Turpin Farms to buy pumpkins and look for Orion hardy geraniums to add to the front garden for both late season and spring color around the white peonies and iris. What a beautiful day to be out! A few pictures from the day:
Friday, September 29, 2006
What is Blooming Today September 29, 2006?
Our garden is something of a hodge podge of bloom. The scarlet tassel flower, nictiana, and verbena bonarienses offer wispy blooms here and there among the fading green leaves.
Caryopteris x clandonensis Bluebeard 'Worcester Gold' is blooming blue little flowers on long stems, and of course, the aster New England "Purple Dome" is beautiful. Jay's little red trumpet vine is overtaking the mailbox and the new liatris 'September Glory' is in its second show. The Black Knight Buddleia is about finished but still attracts the monarchs.
We are lucky to have the hardy geraniums, 'Rozanne' and 'Brookside', throwing off some purple color between the white impatients and the purple leaved heuchera.
Friday, September 29, 2006The Ampelopsis brev. 'Elegans' in the pot from 'Unique Stone'
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Some Interesting Plants in our Fall GardenLast week I visited Greenfield Plant Farm for their End of Season Sale. They were offering wonderful cast stone pots and garden sculptures from 'Unique Stone' in North Carolina at 30% off so I (impulse) purchased an elegant pot and quickly determined that the intriguingly pretty vine next to it was meant to live in it. So I purchased the Ampelopsis brev. 'Elegans', also at a deep discount.
Alas, I got it home and googled and found out my pretty vine with the subtle purple shaded berries was the evil 'porcelain vine', known to be dangerously invasive all over the country! So much for a bargain! At least I like my pot and I envision lots of pretty tulips abloom in it come spring and the evil vine kaput, I guess.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Award Winning Late Season Daylilies
Eugene Foster Award for Best Late (Runner-up)
1992: REGAL FINALE (BERMUDA CORAL)
1993: SANDRA ELIZABETH (HARVEST HUE)
1994: SWEET SHALIMAR (ED KIRCHOFF)
1995: ED KIRCHOFF (LIME FROST)
1997: LIME FROST (EASY NED)
1998: EASY NED
1999: ADRIENNE'S SURPRISE
2000: UPTOWN GIRL
2001: SUSAN WEBER (BLIZZARD BAY)
2002: BLIZZARD BAY (LAST PICTURE SHOW)
2003: LAST PICTURE SHOW (APPALACHIAN SUNSET)
2004: CHEROKEE PASS (FINAL TOUCH)
Wednesday, September 6, 2006
Laurie F.'s notes on late Iris for the gardenFrom laurif d-mail:
Just so you know, bearded irises are vulnerable to rot if they are overwatered or grown in consistently moist soil. For that reason, they are best planted in an area with excellent drainage (a raised bed is ideal) and with drought-tolerant companion plants that don't require supplemental water. If you intend to mulch your border, keep the mulch pushed well away from the iris rhizomes so they and their surrounding soil can stay dry.
Irises also need plenty of room to grow into showy clumps without being crowded by other plants, so don't plant their companions too closely. Irises also need excellent air circulation around their leaves to keep them healthy.
One of my very favorite TBs is a yellow (more of a clear, medium yellow than a bright gold) named HARVEST OF MEMORIES (you can see its pic here: [[email protected]]). It is an incredibly strong and vigorous grower, reliable bloomer (and rebloomer - but not here in zone 3), unfailingly hardy and healthy, and blooms consistently on tall, strong stalks. You just can't go wrong with this cultivar.
There are a number of purple TB rebloomers. Among the best and healthiest performers in my garden are AUTUMN BUGLER and SIGN OF LEO. Others include HOLY NIGHT (absolutely gorgeous *dark* purple), FEED BACK, and SUGAR BLUES (more of a lavender blue with an *incredibly delicious*, strong fragrance).
Tuesday, September 5, 2006
Fall Color Articles and LinksASTERS:A Good Article from BBG covering the variety of Asters for the Fall Garden
GOLDENROD: BBG discussion of the best Solidago for the Autumn Garden
HIGH COUNTRY GARDENS article by Cindy Bellinger
A series of articles concerning aspects of fall gardening including collecting seeds, adding color and bloom, fertilizing, 'fall is for planting', fall pruning and clean-up.