From a gardening perspective, I thoroughly enjoy turning the page on my cute Karen Adams calendar to September. Maybe it’s just a mental thing….maybe it’s being worn out from all of the hand watering and fretting over my English Roses….but I’m just so glad September is here.
It never ceases to amaze me how plants almost immediately react to cooler / less humid weather. They perk up almost overnight as night time temps get back into the 60’s instead of the 80‘s. This perkiness on their part calls to me, and I am happy to go out into the flower beds and start cutting away at those brown leaves- those leaves that July and August left their mark on….fresh cutting, a drink of water, and milder temperatures suddenly our gardens look as though we live somewhere else…someplace that doesn’t have the terrible heat we endure.
It’s fun to look around and see what is really standing tall and looking good as we go into September and Indian Summer.
Blanket flowers do really well in this part of the country and this is the time of the season when they look particularly beautiful. This crop of Gaillardia almost looks like someone got out a paint brush and painted them.
Salvia “Victoria Blue” as a backdrop to penta and zinnias.
If you have read my blogs you know this is on my “top ten” must have in the garden list. Salvia “Victoria Blue” has bloomed all spring and summer and still looks perfect. Now the butterflies and hummingbirds are all over it! Most all varieties of salvias do really well in this part of the country, but I am in love with this tall true blue flower in my garden tapestry.
This deep rose penta also looked good all summer – the hummingbirds seem to love this plant. Oddly I lost every single white penta – I’m thinking too much rain in May….won’t plant it again in my beds.
New to my flower beds this year is this charming zinnia. I was very skeptical when I planted it, as my zinnias always get powdery mildew and I don’t like that in my garden. Anyway , I have not touched this zinnia – I haven’t cut it back one time – and it has bloomed non-stop from the beginning of late spring and it looks like it’s going to bloom strong until I have to pull it out to plant pansies.
Look at the health of the leaves – July and August had no impact at all on this plant. To say that this is a new plant on my must-have list is an understatement – yeah a new plant!
Love the way my garden tapestry looks along my cobblestone walkway.
Periwinkle blue Plumbago looking even better than when it was planted in late spring. Tall enough by the end of summer, it towers above most of the plants in your flower bed the wind will gently toss those beautiful clusters of periwinkle blue which only adds interest to Plumbago.
It really does thrive in the heat and full sun and often looks the very best this time of year.
This white guara towers above my 2 plus feet Angelonia!
This plant has also looked good all summer and it’s just wonderful that it is still looking so good – like butterflies moving around in the wind. Perfect plant at the rear of your plantings where they can stand tall – and also get a little support from plants in front of it.
Of course you know lantana loves the heat – so it has continued to grow and thrive through July and August and now just looks really full and lush with lots of flowers – I put this lavender variety in my flower box at the end of June knowing it would take the heat – it looks good and did the job I wanted it to do.
Daisies & White Penta
I don’t have a photo to show you …. sadly I lost about 25 plants of daisies and several flats of white penta. I think it was a water issue – probably too much vs. to little….won’t be on my list next year. I really hate it when I lose so many perennials. On the other hand I had about 35 Stargazer lilies – and they were outstanding in June!
This is “Abraham Darby” and “Henrii” clematis using the rose as a natural trellis.
These English roses were planted last spring. I am quite certain by mid-summer next year the copper wire supports will be filled with their foliage and hundreds of fragrant roses.
Nearly every month I encourage you to support your climbing roses and vines. My roses have grown all summer even during the hottest months of the year. I am positive they do this because my wonderful husband will go out on Sundays and add more copper wire to the rose “cages” he has constructed. Next month and even in November, I believe we will see some beautiful English roses and even a few errant flowers of the various clematis I have growing amongst them. I will post pictures if they do….
Top Things to do in September
- Take a break from daily container watering!
- Turn back the sprinkler a few notches….less water is okay now.
- Do some garden clean-up – make your garden look like July and August were not that hot!
- Continue to support your roses and climbing vines.
- If you are a true gardener – you have already scouted out the nurseries for some new provisions….it’s a great time to replace casualties of the summer weather / and long vacations away from your garden.
- Assess your garden design and plant selections – this is a good time to jot down notes from your summer successes and failures.
- Enjoy the hummingbirds and butterflies - your garden should be a swarming with them.
- Place your tulip and spring bulb order for best selection.
- Start planning for the fall garden chores – October is just around the corner.
Happy Gardening -
All My Best -