Sadly, the height of the daylily season has come and gone. The garden is surely at its most colourful when awash in daylilies, but as we move into late summer, there is still lots to see. Here is a look at some of the plants that are in bloom today.
This is Campanula punctata ‘Purple Sensation’. It bloomed earlier in the season and is now reblooming. I love its large, pendulous bells.
There are still a number of daylilies with a few buds left. This is Purple Storm.
After I cropped off the spent flowers on this little rosebush, ‘Knockout Rainbow’, it set about putting forth a new crop. That’s Artemisia stelleriana ‘Silver Brocade’ in the background.
The sunflowers look both stately and cheerful and happy at the same time. I can take no credit for their presence. They are volunteers that sprouted all around the winter bird feeder, a bonus for both me and the birds.
These yellow flowers of Rudbeckia nitida ‘Herbstonne’ are just about as tall as the sunflowers, about 6 feet.
Another sunny yellow, this time Helenium ‘Helena’.
These brilliant flowers are Coreopsis rosea ‘Heaven’s Gate’, also blooming for a second time this season.
The ornamental grasses have just about reached their full height and are starting to produce flower stems. Soon, they will be among the most eyecatching plants in the garden, sparkling with morning dew. This is Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ with Echinacea purpurea ‘Ruby Star’.
Except for a few daylilies, orange isn’t a common colour in the garden. This is a milkweed, Asclepias incarnata ‘Cinderella’.
Finally, here is an ornamental goldenrod, Solidago ‘Golden Dwarf’. This is its first year in the garden and I must admit that every time I see it, my first impulse is to weed it out! It is a nice accent, once you get past having goldenrod, a common weed here, in the garden.