Connecticut’s late summer gardens often have fewer blossoms than spring to mid-summer gardens, but late bloomers are no less interesting. They provide a punch of color among a sea of aging perennial foliage.
Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, kindly hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens, gives everyone, world-wide, the chance to share and see what is shining in September 2012 gardens.
Sweet Autumn Clematis blooms finally opened this week, covering a fence with hundreds of white-star blossoms.
Autumn Joy sedum contrast nicely at the base of the vines and provided a favored resting place for bees.
To the right of this group balloon flowers (Platycodon grandiflorus) are in their second bloom.
And farther to the right stand phlox that have bloomed continuously since June.
Ageratum bring a blast of blue along the edge of another bed, hopefully grabbing attention away from weeds that need to be pulled.
Elsewhere, butterflies flit from blossom to blossom on buddleia.
While solidago is a favorite of wasps.
These are the stand-by blooms in my zone 6 Connecticut gardens.
My now year-old Knock-out rose, Rosa ‘Radyod’, surprised me with this unique coloration on just one flower. Now, this is what I call a knock-out!
Once the pinks and blues of the late-summer garden succumb to frost, the berry red, mum burgundy, and golden foliage will become the stars. The red berries have started to stake their claim for attention.
Holly and winterberry look holiday festive already, but I’ll give them more attention in October.
Alpine strawberries also shine in red, but you have to look closely to find these oft-hidden berries, a favorite of birds.
By October, the mums will draw attention once their now-tight buds burst into burgundy blossoms.
Now please visit May Dreams Gardens to see what is blooming elsewhere. You can come back here on October 15 to see if the mums fulfill their promise.