I was having my coffee in the garden yesterday morning - a habit that I've recently adopted, rain or shine - when I became inspired to document the colours that I'm seeing in the garden right now. While we normally think of deep oranges, yellows and reds when we speak of fall colour - and indeed there are a lot of those mixed in here - there are also a lot of other colours splashed around the borders.
Trees are usually top of mind when it comes to fall colour but this post focuses on perennials, although I couldn't help including a couple of my favourite annuals and shrubs as well.
P.S. I'm really trying to up my game when it comes to including proper botanical names (à la Kris from Late to the Garden Party - she is the botanical name goddess!) as it really does ensure we are all talking apples and apples vs oranges, if you get my meaning. And while I may never refer to a nasturtium as a Tropaeolum - even if I could pronounce it 😄- I 'm going to try my hardest to at least mention the botanical name in my blog posts.
So here we go - first up is one of the biggest pleasures in the garden right now - Seven Son Flower. This cultivar is Proven Winners "Temple of Bloom":
|Heptacodium miconioides (Seven Son Flower)|
'Temple of Bloom'
This is one of those shrubs that eventually becomes a tree. It's taken about 3 years for it to truly display it's floral magnificence and boy, what a show it is! At the moment, it is showing off all three B's: Buds, blooms and bracts. The bracts are particularly dramatic.
The "Moonrock" hydrangea that I received from 'Bloomin' Easy' has also put on a big show this year for the first time. I was even able to pick a few blooms for drying.
‘Kolmakilima’ (aka 'Moonrock')
|Eupatorium rugosum (Joe Pye Weed)|
|Sedum 'Autumn Joy'|
|Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant)|
|Aster 'Woods Pink'|
|Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender)|
|Self-seeded Cosmos bipinatus|