Globe thistle's bristling balls of purple-blue are all show - only prickly in appearance but not to touch. The showy spheres bloom mid-summer into fall, then grey into winter interest. The wealth of pointed green leaves give rise to upright stalky stems, for back of border height. These cool blooms are a favourite complement to hotter summer and fall blooming companions. An easy, drought tolerant perennial!
Technical stuff – Globe thistle/Echinops, hardy perennial to zone 3, height of 2' - 4' and spread of 1' - 2', full sun, blooms mid-summer into fall, drought tolerant, does come in a white blooming version too.
Suddenly there appeared two spires of creamy blooms, shooting up from amongst my lavender and sage. A bonus foxglove until now hidden in my veggie garden - cupped blossoms with maroon freckles, such a treat in October! Self-seeding can be a wondrous windfall (literally!). Read more about foxgloves by clicking here.
Every year renews my love for hardy geraniums! This cultivar, ‘Rozanne’, is a true performer with profuse perky blooms from late spring to late fall. The happy blossoms are exquisite stand alone, or en masse create a sparkling sea of blue. The finely cut foliage in mottled bright greens is also a treat! Read more about hardy geraniums by clicking here or here.
The garden is golden – old and established favourites are capturing summer’s sun and spreading it wide through the lush garden green. Faithful rudbeckia looks even ‘butter-ier’ with chocolate brown centers. Tansy offers the breeze its wondrous honey scent. Coreopsis has been blooming all summer, and carries on in dedicated form. Read more about rudbeckia by clicking here. Read more about coreopsis by clicking here.
Bee balm is blooming and the bees are buzzing! It is worth taking a moment to study a bee making its industrious circular path around a bee balm bloom, stopping at each tubular petal. Read more about bee balm by clicking here!
A single bloom of coneflower can hold me entranced. The spiky dome center, the steadfast petals – a truly strong bloom. And such a range of colours, from swan white to candy pink to sunniest orange to festive red and of course the traditional purple, plus more to collect. Yet another parade of glorious summer colour! Read more about coneflowers (Echinacea) by clicking here.