I am clinging to all that late summer allows. With cloudy gray skies and the leaves falling on the swimming pool deck, no matter how I try to avoid it, pangs of melancholy come, for my old friend summer is fading fast. The garden is no longer flushed with exuberant blossoms but transforming into a new beauty.
The last lily to bloom in my garden is Lilium formosanum. A trellis can be an attractive way to control top heavy plants. To contend with the bittersweet passing of summer, I decided to plan for the future and look for some of the plants I always say I am going to add to the garden but never do. Although I did not find what I was seeking when I stopped by a little nursery in my area, I did find a 50% perennial sale. I bought a couple of gallon containers @ $5 each of Leymus arenarius ‘Blue Dune’
and a couple of Japanese Painted Ferns/Athyrium niponicum ‘Pictum’ @ $4 each. I planted the Blue Lyme Grass in a concrete planter that is high, dry, and hot in summer and the ferns with some heuchera with purple undersides of leaves in the protection of shade. Luckily, I found Anemone japonica ‘Honorine Jobert’, for which I have longed since I can’t remember when, on Ebay and I have already received and planted it.
Wild perennials that bloom at this time in addition to Joe Pye weed and
are hardy ageratum/Conoclinium coloestinum
white crownbeard/Verbesina virginica,
and yellow ironweed/Verbesina alternifolia. The more natives I have in my garden the better I like it.
I pray that the life of this spring and summer may ever lie fair in my memory. Henry David Thoreau