Summer Finale: August 2013 GBBD
We are at the mid-point of August. Mid-summer flowers are fading, late summer bloomers are peaking, and the very first flowers of autumn begin to open, like scouts checking out a new territory.
I am very impressed with Yellow Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata). The flowers are very long-lasting, and the bright clear yellow wears well through the summer. This spring I planted several more Ratibida. For this year they are growing only basal foliage, but I am confident that next year they will bloom, providing me with a more dramatic swath of this plant.
Three other stand-out plants at this time of year are Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum), Joe Pye Weed ‘Gateway’ (Eutrochium purpureum subsp. maculatum), and Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum). The Anise Hyssop was slow to start blooming this year but is providing lots of very blue flower spikes right now. It goes well with the pink/purple umbels of ‘Gateway’ and the yellow daisies of the Ratibida and Cup Plant.
Tall Ironweed (Vernonia altissima) is blooming for me for the first time this year. I’m looking forward to larger and more dramatic clumps of this plant.
‘Prairie Sunset’ Heliopsis (Heliopsis helianthoides) continues to bloom effortlessly, as they have since the end of June. You can see that the flowers of the Wild Bergamot are close to played out, though. The clump of Bergamot in the Sidewalk Border became afflicted with powdery mildew, so I cut them way back.
The ‘Rasberry Wine’ Bee Balm, on the other hand, still has a fair amount of color.
The Susans have arrived, both the shorter Orange Coneflower or Black Eyed Susan (Rudbecia fulgida), and the taller Brown Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba).
In the parkway, Sedum spectabilis ‘Matronna’ has begun blooming. These are the first Sedum I’ve ever planted, for some reason. Also Calamint (Calamintha nepetoides) has formed low mounds filled with tiny white flowers much favored by pollinators.
Across the driveway, the very first aster flowers are opening – the low-growing, blue Aromatic Aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolius). Odd, because usually these asters tend to open later in the season.
Near the front door, the compact Summersweet ‘Hummingbird’ (Clethra alnifolia) is blooming and scenting the air with a sweet fragrance.
The last of the Clematis jackmanii are blooming on their west-facing wall. They certainly were magnificent this year. And the rose ‘Cassie’ is having a new flush of blooms.
Not a great deal to see in the back garden in terms of flowers right at the moment. There are Cup Plant growing against the outside of the alley fence, plus containers, fading ‘Annabelle’ Hydrangeas, and the very beginnings of Brown Eyed Susan.
Garden Blogger Bloom Day is graciously hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Check out the link to see the flowers blooming in other gardens.