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.
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|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.
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