Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Late Summer Combinations III

I'll finish out late summer combinations 
with a few more picks, 
seen around town in late August.

Late blooming Hosta (Hosta plantaginea)
fly high above Autumn Joy Sedum (Sedum 'Autumn Joy'),
just starting to gain a rosy glow.

Two of my favorite late summer perennials:
  • The electric blue flowers of Dwarf Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides - front)
  • A late blooming variety of Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida).
Combined with waning blooms of
Blue Fortune Hyssop (Agastache 'Blue Fortune') and
Lilyturf (Lirope muscari - a few small spikes peeking through in the top right corner),
they make a sunny corner of color.

Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum) and 
annual Nasturtium are a
treat for the eyes as well as the stomache -
both are edible.

Check out these recipes for

Garlic Chive (Allium tuberosum) bloom

Graceful plumes of Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides - left)
add flair to any grouping in late summer. 
It's taking over for the fading flowers of
white Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata - middle left) and a
dwarf Hydrangea (right), while
Autumn Joy Sedum is just starting its show (middle right).

Fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides)
shouts out from a
sea of purple Verbena.

Autumn Joy Sedum (Sedum 'Autumn Joy'),
still neutral in late August,
creates a muted palette with
Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis) and
Blue Fescue (Festuca glauca).
Purple Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum var.) and the
blue flower spikes of Lilyturf (Lirope muscari)
make a striking pair.

For more great plant combinations, see: 


HolleyGarden said...

Your garden looks gorgeous! Love the fountain grass. Very pretty.

Carolyn @ Carolyn's Shade Gardens said...

Lovely combos--fall is a great time in the garden.

Wife, Mother, Gardener said...

I love the Panicum with the Liriope! That is a wonderful idea.

I also just took a walk around last week to hunt out some fall scenes. There is always something new to learn in the plant world.

Julie, in western PA

Chris said...

HolleyGarden: Fountain grass is one of my favoites. I'm always on the lookout for good plant combinations for inspiration.
Carolyn: Fall brings a whole new dimension to the garden.
Wife,Mother,Gardener: The Panicum and Liriope is my favorite combination here. What a blessing to enjoy the beauty of each season!

Giga said...

Trawy dodaję jednak uroku w pięknym ogrodzie i tak poukładanym. Pozdrawiam

Alistair said...

More great shots of your late flowering plants Chris. I love the Dwarf Ceratostigma, sometimes with us, like this year, there isn't enough heat in the sunshine for the flowers to develop.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hi Chris you have some gorgeous garden groupings there .. I am a sucker for ornamental grasses especially. You asked about the plant I used for my "shadow shot" meme .. common name chocolate snakeroot, aka Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate" I love Joe Pye plants and have the BIG one with Little Joe as well .. they can stand up to a lot of abuse and lack of water .. this one is especially pretty for Autumn blooms.
Joy : )

pontos said...

Molto piacevole questo accostamento di Liriope e Imperata. Da tener da conto davvero :)


pontos said...

Panicum, non Imperata. Scusa.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I am a big fan of plumbago, must make sure to get some for next years garden. Funny how a photo can trigger that memory of "oh I forgot that plant."

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...