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The Late Summer Garden

September 6th, 2010

It’s can be difficult to find plants that bloom and look nice this time of year. After a long hot humid NE Ohio summer, most plants are looking a little crispy and quite sad. Our lack rain, along with the dry lean soil makes plants look peaked in late August early September. There are a few things that still look stunning and a few things that are starting to come into their season to shine.

The woodland sunflower ‘Helianthus divaricatus’ is blooming along the woodland edge by my garage. It’s quite a lovely wild flower, it really brightens up this shady part of the garden. I must save seeds for this and try to propagate it along the edges of the woods along the entire property.

I’m completely in love with my fuzzy oregano, which is also referred to as the hops flowering oregano, can you see why? The blooms are quite stunning compared to my regular Greek oregano.

The ‘Annabelle’ hydrangea is in it’s top form at the moment. I love it when the blossoms turn this beautiful shade of green, one of my favorite flower colors.

The cosmos are blooming as well, they are volunteers that grew from some cosmos that went to seed last year at the end of the season. They will continue to look good until they’re killed by a heavy frost.

I’m absolutely loving the combo of my fall blooming sedum with the asparagus fern in the front foundation garden. It’s quite a beautiful combo of textures. The sedum will continue to change color and will look beautiful throughout the fall months. I must add more of this to my gardens.


Flowering kale is a wonderful addition to any garden, it will look good long after everything else has died back.

What are you loving in your garden right now?

4 Comments to “The Late Summer Garden”
  1. Dave on September 6, 2010 at 9:08 am

    The star performers right now are the cosmos like yours. The ‘Autumn Joy’ sedum is just beginning to show some color. I like those ‘Annabelle’ Hydrangeas.
    Dave´s last post ..GROW Project- My Nasturtiums are Invisible

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  2. Trina on September 6, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Our dipper gourd is going crazy right now! Instead of the prickly leaves of most gourds, it has velvet soft leaves, and delicate, white chiffon flowers..and it grows like a weed! Thinking of planting it around a teepee base next year and making a living playhouse for the kids!

    btw – as a first year gardener, I LOVE your blog!! Getting ready to start some seeds for a fall garden here in sunny Colorado!
    Trina´s last post ..At the Breakfast Table

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  3. Rick on September 6, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Our Sedum is just starting to come on too. We love them for the fall color and the interesting looking foliage all summer. They are very easy to propagate, Just divide a little off of each of your plants and move them where you want. Next year you’ll have a nice plant and the year after a beautiful clump. You can divided now or in the spring. We love your Blog!!

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  4. MAYBELLINE on September 7, 2010 at 12:08 am

    It is so completely foreign to me to have a garden where irrigation isn’t a daily requirement.
    MAYBELLINE´s last post ..On the Grapevine

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