Posts Tagged ‘knockout rainbow’


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.

Purple Storm

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.


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New Roses

I’m not a big rose fan, but I have become very fond of the row of Dart’s Dash roses that line the walk. They are carefree, bright, beautifully scented and beloved by bees. They are also quite large shrubs. When I was browsing through garden magazines in the spring, I noticed advertisements for a series of smaller shrub roses called Knockout roses. The one named Rainbow particularly caught my eye. However, I hadn’t seen these roses around here, and had no place to put a rose shrub anyway.

Then, one day when I was wandering through a local nursery, I saw it. They had Knockout Rainbow. I had no place to put a shrub, and it was way too hot to even think about digging a spot for it, so I left it behind, but that rose settled in at the back of my mind and nagged me. Finally, when the worst of the heat seemed to be passing, I decided to expand the garden a bit to include a couple of roses. I laid out a garden hose to help in deciding on a pleasing line, and started digging.

Having made a start, I returned to the nursery and brought home two roses. Knockout Rainbow has pink and yellow blooms that fade to light pink as they mature. I also purchased Morden Sunrise, which has yellow-orange flowers.

I laid out the boundary of the new bed with a garden hose and then removed a strip of sod along the edge of the hose. From there, I made the strip wider, and then started removing the sod in the centre.

Over the last few days I have finished digging the bed. I got the new roses settled in and mulched around them. They’ll have a couple of months to settle in before winter arrives. They have lots of growing space to fill in next year.

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