Tuesday, September 29, 2009

What's in Bloom in Your Garden?

Autumn is upon us, but that's no reason to give up on color in the garden. We here in Connecticut have at least another month of vibrancy at our fingertips, if we plan well. Here's some of what's blooming today in my yard:

Annual Vines: Morning glory, cardinal flower & scarlet runner bean

Shrubs: Oakleaf hydrangea, and 'Pinky Winky', 'Preziosa', 'Blue Bird', 'Nikko Blue', 'Blushing Bride', 'Endless Summer' hydrangea, 'Knockout' roses, spirea.

Perennials: various asters, Japanese anemone, several types of sedum, turtlehead, daylily 'Happy Returns', phlox paniculata, coneflower, obedient plant, buddliea.

Annuals: impatiens, verbena, cleome, portulaca, marigold, salvia 'Victoria', perilla, petunia,

Bulbs: dahlia, caladium, cyclamen.

And that's off the top of my head, excluding the wildflowers such as goldenrod; the red and gold fruit on the crabapple trees, viburnum & kousa dogwood; the patio pots, and the goldfish.

The point is, it's easy to have all-season color in your garden. For each plant you choose in the spring, also pick up a late bloomer. You'll soon have a garden full of flowers from March 'til November!

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