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.
Cosmos are a regular annual in my garden - I don’t go a year without them! Their bright, clear blooms are a dependable and cheerful addition. I pop in seeds once risk of frost has passed, or pick up cell packs of starter plants to get a jump start on blooms (or you can start inside 4-6 wks ahead of last frost). Blooms can be single or double, and are traditionally pink, white or red, but there are now varieties with orange or yellow. I somehow did not plant any white cosmos this year, and am missing their pure pearly show.
Technical stuff – Cosmos, herbaceous annual, height of 18”-60”+ (dwarf and tall varieties), full sun, blooms summer into fall, wonderful cut flower and attracts bees and butterflies.
I have often had visitors comment – you have such exotic blooms! But I really only grow easy plants – morning glories are a perfect example of exotic blooms for little work. Both these beauties are blooming now. And this is definitely one of the easiest ways to get pure blue in the garden! Read more about morning glories by clicking here and 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.
There is a bit of a lull in the garden as summer bloomers soften, and September thrillers are just budding out. Sparkling annuals fill this lull: the iridescent sheen of osteospermum, the fiery crimson and gold of amaranthus, the merriest orange and bronze of simple marigolds, the buttery yellow or tender orange of lantana. The sun backlights a ruby petunia so it glows like a jewel. A begonia is edged in the ripest ruffled pink. Compare the mood of a blush double snapdragon to that of a zinnia in brightest coral. Always there is fascination and beauty to be found in the garden.
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.
Be it clear golden, chocolate brown or shades of russet – these ‘fancy’ rudbeckia add spice and flare to the garden. These are Rudbeckia hirta, or fancy rudbeckia as I call them. Unlike regular rudbeckia they are a short lived perennial, with cultivars like Prairie Sun, Toto Rustic and Cappuccino as above that offer a range of colours. I plant these here and there through the perennial beds for fantastic blooms! Read more about regular rudbeckia by clicking here.
These luscious blooms opened in our last few days of summer heat. The deep red captures and holds you in its presence, so you just have to appreciate its beauty! Many of my lilies were taken out by the lily beetle several years ago, but this one triumphantly lives on. Read more about Asiatic lilies by clicking here.
The parade of daylilies is in full swing! They are extra extravagant with bounteous blooms this year thanks to the rains we’ve had. Satisfy your colour craving with creamy or citrus yellow, vivacious orange, rich rouge or rosy pink – daylilies come in a decadent array of choices. You can also indulge in textures of velvet, rumpled, frilled or silky smooth. This favourite perennial is a low maintenance staple in my garden. Read more detail by clicking here.
A simple annual in a quirky pot can perk up your day! This mix of portulaca in lemon yellow, ripe coral and fresh white add an appreciated spot of colour and brightness. Read more about portulaca by clicking here.
The fiesta of colour that is blanket flower (Gaillardia) has begun! The gentle grey-green foliage is loaded with blooms and buds, and more buds to come that will carry right into frosty fall. This feisty perennial is often short lived, but randomly and socially self-seeds to weave its bands of brilliance through the garden. It even pops up from hardened soil between stepping stones. With circles of fierce red to coral to orange and golden yellow, these sun-loving hot blooms add flare and sensation! Read more about Gaillardia by clicking here.