It takes this deep into the season for the front bed to truly shine as the grasses emerge, fall foliage color subtly appears and late summer blooms arrive.
A step back from the same scene …
… and another step back.
Physostegia (Obedient Plant) ‘Vivid’
This mass started as only 7 small plants over a year ago. It has filled in at an insane level. I like.
I love me all different shades of green. I find this section of the garden soothing. Who’s with me?
Paralysis by analysis
I have stared at this scene for weeks now. I like it but I don’t. While it’s full and a good mix of flowers, foliage, texture, etc, something is amiss. I’m close to figuring it out but would appreciate your input.
This section of the garden is going to be the best in a few years. You can’t see it now but trust me, there is a lot going on here and it’s all awesome. I can’t wait to share it when it explodes in awesomeness.
The seed heads on the Baptisia transformed to dark black this week. I like.
Leave it alone
This combo hasn’t been touched for three years now. That must be a record for me.
Delicious foliage color
Panicum and Amsonia. But you knew that already because I talk about it every week.
Here is why Andropogon (Big Bluestem) is also known as turkeyfoot. You’re welcome.
The berries on the Viburnum ‘Emerald Lustre’ continue to explode. More than I’ve had in ten years of its existence. I like.
Fine, I’ll admit it. I don’t know what this white blooming plant is. I just know that I never planted it. It has fleshy stems that multiple like mad from year to year. Help a gardener out won’t you?
What the hell is that?
There are a bunch of Northern Sea Oats growing underneath this Itea ‘Henry’s Garnet’. It has created this bizarre mash-up that looks even stranger as the Itea develops its fall color.
The Chelone lyonii (Turtlehead) ‘Hot Lips’ typically look like crap by now. All of the flowers turn black and become an eye sore. Not this year so far. I like.
Do as I say …
For those of you who bought my book, I specifically pointed out that Lady’s Mantle requires some extra attention once the blooms stop and the weather turns hot and dry in summer. I should probably follow my own advice next year.