Well, things still look pretty good around here, but they haven’t changed quite as much as I’d hoped over the last few weeks. To keep things from getting boring for those of you who check in regularly, I’ve made an extra effort to pick out some new plants and pairings for this Bloom Day, and to try some new angles and lighting conditions on some familiar areas.
To start with, some close portraits and combinations, in no particular order…
Above, golden lace (Patrinia scabiosifolia) with narrow-leaved ironweed (Vernonia lettermannii).
Below, Japanese burnet (Sanguisorba tenuifolia) against giant ironweed (Vernonia gigantea).
Above, Corydalis ochotensis. I started this one from seed many years ago and have been trying to get rid of it ever since. Somehow, a few seedlings always elude me, which I’m happy about at this time of year. The plant above is blooming at about 4 feet tall.
Below, another self-sower: devil’s claw (Proboscidea lutea). It came up late in an unexpected place and is just now starting to form its intriguing curved pods.
Swan plant (Gomphocarpus physocarpus), above, is another annual with showy pods, but it flowers so late for me that I rarely get to see them. Still, the flowers are nice.
Variegated kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate (Persicaria orientalis ‘Shiro-gane nishiki’), below, self-sows dependably and is always good for color at this time of year.
Above, ice plant (Delosperma cooperi) with orangey Sedum nussbaumerianum and pink Echium ‘Perle von Nurnberg’.
After seeing it in seed catalogs for several years, I finally decided to give ‘Autumn Lollipop’ sneezeweed (Helenium puberulum) a try this spring. It’s been flowering for about a month now in a nursery bed out back. I can’t decide whether I like it or not. It’s not as pretty as it is in the catalogs, but it has a sort of charming silliness.
‘Coppelia’ is an altogether more civilized selection of Helenium: above with ‘Sedona’ coleus and below with ‘Black Pearl’ pepper.
Above, an annual that I haven’t grown for ages: ‘Staircase’ lion’s ear (Leonotis nepetifolia var. nepetifolia). Started from seed in late March, it’s now over 6 feet tall and just starting to flower.
Below, a grouping of ‘Sweet Georgia Deep Purple’ sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas) with a toppled bit of Japanese burnet (Sanguisorba tenuifolia) and a self-sown Caryopteris seedling.
This is prime time for autumn crocus (Colchicum). Above is ordinary C. autumnale with ‘Sedona’ coleus and ‘Angelina’ sedum (Sedum rupestre). Below is ‘Rosy Dawn’ coming out of creeping bramble (Rubus rolfei).
And below, Colchicum ‘Violet Queen’ with Chocolate Chip ajuga (Ajuga reptans ‘Valfredda’).
Coneflowers are a classic part of the fall garden, too. Above is orange coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida) with ‘Sapphire’ aster (Symphyotrichum dumosum).
Below is ‘Henry Eilers’ sweet coneflower (R. subtomentosa) with great burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis).
I decided to keep the grasses to a minimum this time, so I’ll show just three. Above, the annual Job’s tears (Coix lacryma-jobi). Below, prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis).
And below, ordinary fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides).
Above, ‘Mezoo Trailing Red’ Livingstone daisy (Dorotheanus bellidiformis) mingling with ‘Silver Falls’ silver ponyfoot (Dichondra argentea); below, ‘Silver Falls’ by itself.
Above, ‘Big Red Judy’ and ‘Giant Exhibition Lime’ coleus with green widow’s tears (Tinantia erecta) and striped Tropicanna canna (Canna ‘Phaison’).
Below, ‘Pesto Perpetuo’ basil (Ocimum).
Above, blue echeveria (Echeveria glauca) with ‘Yellow Transparent’ thyme (Thymus), xGraptosedum ‘Bronze’, variegated lemon thyme (Thymus x citriodorus ‘Aureus’), and ‘Aztec Gold’ creeping speedwell (Veronica prostrata).
Below, Echeveria ‘Blue Atoll’ with ‘Baby Jade’ jade plant (Crassula ovata).
And below, ‘Large Red Carpet’ jade plant (Crassula radicans).
Now, a quick trot toward and through the meadow…
Above, the Arc Borders, with ‘Cassian’ fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides), ‘Fireworks’ goldenrod (Solidago rugosa), ‘Skyracer’ purple moor grass (Molinia caerulea), and Arkansas bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii).
Below, bush clover (Lespedeza thunbergii) in the back arc, on the edge of the meadow.
Below, the upper meadow.
Above, stiff goldenrod (formerly Solidago rigida, now Oligoneuron rigidum) in the lower meadow, along with round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata, below).
And below, a nice clump of little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium, left) next to a bit of broomsedge (Andropogon virginicus).
And last, a bunch of garden shots.
Above, the courtyard; below, the front gate.
Above, the front path. Below, a bit of detail from the right side of the path, with Tropicanna canna (Canna ‘Phaison’), ‘Red Majestic’ contorted hazel (Corylus avellana), ‘Oakhurst’ pineapple lily (Eucomis comosa), New Guinea impatiens, ‘Red Splash Select’ polka-dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya), Japanese blood grass (Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’), dwarf fleeceflower (Persicaria affinis), bed-of-nails (Solanum quitoense), and ‘Exhibition Giant Lime’ coleus.
Above, the front path from the opposite direction.
Below, the middle path in the front garden.
Above, detail from the middle path: ‘Intrigue’ canna, ‘Fireworks’ goldenrod (Solidago rugosa), ‘Taurus’ mountain fleeceflower (Persicaria amplexicaulis), ‘Bright Lights’ Swiss chard, ‘Sweet Caroline Light Green’ sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas), ‘Mahogany Splendor’ hibiscus (Hibiscus acetosella), Japanese burnet (Sanguisorba tenuifolia), and ‘Grace’ smokebush (Cotinus).
Below, ‘Elephant Head’ amaranth (Amaranthus), ‘Profusion Yellow’ zinnia, ‘Sweet Caroline Bronze’ sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas), ‘Sapphire’ aster (Symphyotrichum dumosum), orange coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida), ‘Rotstrahlbusch’ switch grass (Panicum virgatum), and ‘Gerald Darby’ iris (Iris x robusta).
Above, Joe-Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum), golden European cranberry bush (Viburnum opulus ‘Aureum’), Arkansas bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii), orange coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida). ‘Lemon Punch’ coreopsis, pink knotweed (Persicaria capitata), and ‘Caramel’ heuchera.
Above, the path separating the front and side gardens.
Below, the side garden.
Above and below, paths in the side garden.
And following, a bunch of miscellaneous shots from the side garden.
Aaah, what a glorious autumn it has been. I have a feeling we’re getting set up for an early frost this year, but in the meantime, I’m just going to enjoy how things look now. To see more fantastic fall gardens, check out the list of participants in this month’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day post at May Dreams Gardens. Thanks for visiting!