Approaching Autumn: GBBD, August 2023


mid-August front gardenOn this weirdly moist summer season, it appears as if we hardly had any actual summer season climate, and, immediately, I can really feel the strategy of autumn. Within the woodland border, the foliage of our native columbine, Aquilegia canadensis, has turned to pink and the Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum) is in bloom.

aquilegia red foliage blooming joe pye

However, summer season is just not over within the backyard. In mid-August, there are nonetheless about twenty styles of daylilies with flowers – however most of those have only some buds left to open.

mid-August daylilies 2023

One exception is the aptly named ‘Autumn Minaret,’ with its delicate flowers that float excessive above the foliage on slender stems. I’ve two of those crops, one within the again backyard and one within the entrance; each are loaded with buds and will proceed blooming by August and into September. autumn minaret 08-23

herbstsonne flowers 8-23One other tall flower that blooms from late summer season till frost is Rudbeckia x ‘Herbstsonne’ (aka ‘Autumn Solar’). This plant is placing on an incredible present behind the blue and yellow border, with flowers which are eight toes tall!

herbstsonne back of border

I’m pleased to be having fun with summer season phlox (Phlox paniculata) this summer season. Final yr, the phlox had been all eaten by the resident woodchuck, however this yr’s woodchuck was faraway from the backyard by a predator in June, giving the phlox crops time to get well. Proper now, each ‘Blue Paradise’ and ‘David’ are blooming within the again backyard, with different cultivars in different elements of the backyard in bud.

phlox blue paradise 8-23 phlox david 8-23

Different crops which have had a chance to bloom this yr within the absence of the woodchuck are Liatris and Echinacea purpurea.

liatris 8-23 echinacea 8-23

monarda punctata with waspIn August, the entrance slope is dominated by beebalm, particularly Monarda fistulosa and Monarda punctata. These crops are each enthusiastic self-seeders and may simply turn into an excessive amount of of a superb factor. I maintain that means to tug up extra portions of Monarda punctata, however I hesitate to take action as a result of this plant, with its pineapple-like tiers of pink bracts and noticed yellow flowers, is a magnet for pollinators. I notably worth the truth that it attracts the attractive nice black digger wasp, with its iridescent blue wings, to my backyard.

volunteer heliopsisOne other plant that’s blooming profusely is fake sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides, which retains popping up in locations had been I didn’t plant it, assisted I believe by the goldfinches that wish to perch on its stems and systematically strip the ray flowers from every blossom earlier than consuming the seeds.

blooming pinky winkyOne plant that has been extra-happy with this yr’s moist climate is my Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pinky Winky,’ which is planted in a melancholy that catches water from a downspout on the entrance nook of the home and has extra blooms this yr than I’ve ever seen on it earlier than. Its flowers bloom white in late summer season after which flip to pink after which to pink. In mid-August, they’re simply starting the transition to pink.

Even when the exuberant floral show of excessive summer season is previous, there’s nonetheless loads happening as my backyard begins its flip from summer season to autumn.

Backyard Bloggers’ Bloom Day is a celebration of flowers hosted every month by Carol Michel at Might Desires Gardens. Go to her weblog to see what different gardeners have blooming in August.