Tag: gardening in Connecticut

Morning light on Red Fountain Grass

Red Fountain grass, botanical name Pennisetum rubrum, in morning light.

Dew enhanced Pennisetum rubrum in morning light

Dew enhanced Pennisetum rubrum in morning light

Use this as an annual in Connecticut gardens – it is hardy only to Zone 9 – where it can be enjoyed in morning or late afternoon light.

Red fountain grass

Red fountain grass

Pennisetum rubrum is perfect for containers, as a stand alone or in a group. Foliage is primarily dark red, hence the name rubrum, but has tinges of green and reaches heights from 3-4 feet.

Close up of Red fountain grass, also known as Purple fountain grass.

Close up of Red fountain grass, also known as Purple fountain grass.

The fronds sway gently with the slightest breeze. Simply plant it, water it, and enjoy.

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Evening in the garden

Few posts of late due to technical issues … still,¬†so many blooms and plant combinations this¬†evening the garden we so lovely, I had to share.

The photos do not live up to what I like to post, they are all cell phone photos. Some are not in the best focus, but you get the idea.

Just a bit of tweaking and a lot of Mother Nature created these combos.

Just a bit of tweaking and a lot of Mother Nature created these combos.

Since I live in a clearing in a hardwood forest, I like to let my gardens go somewhat wild with self-sowing perennials punctuated by a few choices of mine. The result is a bed that looks different every year and every season.

Lavender

Lavender

There’s no such thing as too much lavender!

Roses and lavender

Roses and lavender

The favored rose in my limited rose collection … Star Rose Mystic Meidiland … an everblooming shrub rose with peach-colored buds that fade to pale peach as they mature. Perfect with lavender.

Lime Zinger sedum, annual milkweed (Asclepias curassavica), and the promise of daylilies in the background

Lime Zinger sedum, annual milkweed (Asclepias curassavica), and the promise of daylilies in the background

This annual milkweed does not reseed in Connecticut, but it provides a great punch of color and attracts butterflies … hopefully a Monarch or two.

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Let's Dance Rhapsody Blue'

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Let’s Dance Rhapsody Blue’

Notice the name of the above hydrangea, yet it’s not blue. It grows in a raised bed created by manufactured concrete blocks that … obviously … raised the soil pH enough to turn the hydrangea this lovely shade of pink.

Endless Summer Hydrangea macrophylla 'Bailmer'

Endless Summer Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Bailmer’

And, what’s life without a bit of sweetness fresh from the garden …

The season's first raspberries.

The season’s first raspberries.

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