September’s Shades

Welcome to one of my Connecticut, zone 6a, gardens on this mid-September day. Today, being the 15th of the month, is when Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and people all over the world get to share and enjoy the garden glory of others.

My addition to this garden party includes shades of maroon, burgundy and pink that stand out among the plantings in one of my gardens.

Colorful globe-shaped gomphrena flowers stand tall and for the most part block fading iris and day lily foliage. They complement this unknown variety of phlox that, to my delight, decided to bloom continuously from mid-summer to now.



Gomphrena also play well with my newest day lily Hemerocallis ‘Macbeth’ that flowered during mid-summer, then surprised me with September blooms.



Stonecrop sedum, an unknown green-leaved variety, shows off in lighter pink blooms,


and the burgundy-leaved stonecrop sedum ‘Maestro’ beckons bees with its darker pink blooms.



But this garden’s eye-popping star right now comes from the tiny-white blossoms of Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis paniculata).


Close-up shots show each blossom’s simple beauty.

Together, they remind me of large but dainty snowflakes gingerly resting atop the leaves and stems.


When view from farther away, the effect is striking … like a rounded mountain-top covered in snow.



This morning’s haze was not conducive to a clear photo of these blooms all together, but this is how the garden looked three days ago, just before the clematis burst into full bloom.


The pinks are joined by the low blue blossoms of ageratum, an occasional scabiosa flower, the taller repeat blooms of another phlox (P. paniculata ‘Blue Paradise’) and touches of white gomphrena. Late summer gardens may not match the color explosions of May gardens, but this color is enough to make me smile as I look out the windows with a morning cup of coffee.

Be sure to follow the link to May Dreams Gardens to take a virtual what’s-in-bloom tour of other gardens so you can thoroughly enjoy another Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.

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10 comments for “September’s Shades

  1. September 15, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    After seeing that Autumn clematis, I am very inspired to add that to my garden. I must think of where it would add the most drama. Yours has filled out so perfectly and is such a nice addition to the late summer/early fall garden. I also like your pinks and purples throughout the garden…very nice. Happy GBBD!

    • joenesgarden
      September 15, 2011 at 6:30 pm

      Thanks, Sage Butterfly. From what I’ve seen of your gardens, clematis paniculata will fit quite nicely.

  2. September 15, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Oh my – the Sweet Autumn Clematis is stunningly beautiful! I want one 🙂
    Happy GBBD!

    • joenesgarden
      September 15, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      Hi, Christine. Sweet Autumn Clematis really give darker fall colors a boost. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. September 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Love your garden! Your photos are totally reminding me that I wanted to plant some Gompherena this year and totally forgot…Next Year!

    • joenesgarden
      September 15, 2011 at 6:32 pm

      Hi Scott, I planted gomphrena years ago then stopped because of deer browsing. Now, with some beds fenced from deer, I can plant it again, and I’m glad I did. So glad you came by for a GBBD visit.

  4. September 15, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I really enjpyed seeing your ‘Sweet Autumn’ clematis in full bloom. It’s nice to know what it’s supposed to look like! I planted mine last year, probably in too much shade and have yet to see a bloom. I know that clematis sleep, creep, and then leap. Maybe next year will be the Leap Year! Happy Bloom Day!

    • joenesgarden
      September 15, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      Dorothy, I’ll bet your patience pays off next year with a lot more clematis blossoms. Thanks for visiting. Stop back again.

  5. September 16, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Joene, Your photos are amazing – as always. I love the long view of the garden. I transplanted my sweet autumn clematis this spring and, unfortunately, it is struggling. I am hoping it will survive the winter and then cover one side of my shed. Your photos make me remember what I’m missing this year.

    • joenesgarden
      September 18, 2011 at 11:10 am

      Thanks, Debbie
      The clematis featured in this post was also transplanted from another location in my gardens. It, too, struggled the first year, but has steadily gained vigor with maturity. Perhaps yours will be photo-worthy next year.

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