White stars, stand-by blooms, a surprise, and reds of autumn–September’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day in Connecticut

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.

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Autumn Joy sedum contrast nicely at the base of the vines and provided a favored resting place for bees.

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To the right of this group balloon flowers (Platycodon grandiflorus) are in their second bloom.

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And farther to the right stand phlox that have bloomed continuously since June.

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Ageratum bring a blast of blue along the edge of another bed, hopefully grabbing attention away from weeds that need to be pulled.

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Elsewhere, butterflies flit from blossom to blossom on buddleia.

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While solidago is a favorite of wasps.

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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!

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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.

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Alpine strawberries also shine in red, but you have to look closely to find these oft-hidden berries, a favorite of birds.

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By October, the mums will draw attention once their now-tight buds burst into burgundy blossoms.

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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.

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6 comments for “White stars, stand-by blooms, a surprise, and reds of autumn–September’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day in Connecticut

  1. September 15, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    That rose is a wonderful surprise. I am fascinated by the color. I like that you included berries in your GBBD post. It is something I enjoy about many of my plants. They add so much interest going into fall and winter.

  2. September 16, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Wow, the sweet autumn clematis really is a star. If only I had the room and a big structure for it, I would add it here. Yours is gorgeous. And the rose fascinates me… what a beautiful aberration in color. I love it, just wish the whole plant could bloom like that.

    • September 16, 2012 at 8:45 am

      Laurrie, I’m keeping watch over my rose … hoping the same. It would be such a knock-out if more of the blossoms had similar coloration. Sweet Autumn only needs a trellis. I’ll bet you could find a nice one to fit into your garden design.

  3. September 17, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Love to see the insects happily enjoying your beautiful blooms!

  4. September 18, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Lovely blooms! Your Sweet Autumn Clematis puts mine to shame–yours is so lush! I also have a new harvest of fraise des bois–have your tried the yellow variety? They taste almost like pineapple, but the birds leave them alone. Those little garden gems are not only delicious, but they make such a nice ground cover. Thank you for the tour of your garden–look forward to returning again soon! Happy GBBD!

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