I really get a brownie point for remembering my weekly garden update this week. Eight days ago was the last post and things do change as I told you last week. When working with perennials, change is a given. Sometimes, perennials will last only a few days to a week dependent on species or weather, so looking at a garden monthly is not necessarily a good indicator of how a garden performs.
Foliage color can be important when not much is in bloom and so is the varying shades of green. I have a Japanese Maple which adds the deep red in summer, the crabapple adds the deep red in spring. Lots of hosta add leaf interest too.
In this area, colorful gardens are king. Garden Walk Buffalo is a trendsetting event with colorful and bloom filled gardens on every street. They have almost 400 gardens open for two days all vying for attention by the thousands and thousands of garden visitors. My garden is in Niagara Falls which is 30 miles from Buffalo.
From every angle, you can see the back garden in this post. The lilies are now blooming and will continue for about two to three weeks. Coming up next, the hydrangea. The bed is really non-stop through the fall.
One thing about small space gardening, is the sequence of bloom. I use a lot of bulbs to ensure this because many perennials will only last a few weeks at most, then you are generally left with foliage on the decline. Some will last up to a month like coreopsis.
The roses bloom in cycles starting in spring and finishing covered in snow.
I often keep my full sun containers in partial shade to full shade when the temperatures rise. This year so far it has been weather more consistent to what it was like before the droughts.
Rain has been weekly, but unfortunately has been like a monsoon this week. No damage, but sheets of rain were pushed with high wind. Another long blooming plant is seen above to the left. It is Calamintha nepeta, a very aggressive self-seeding perennial.
This is the side garden with all the bell flower seen last garden post. The bell flower will continue to bloom after being cut back, and through it grows daylilies to add the interest and carry the season.
The front garden is also blooming strongly.
Beside the Perovskia is hibiscus which blooms much later. Also goldenrod is growing tall. It is a plant I have to keep under control. Hyssop is also just starting and by next week it should be in flower. Always something blooming.
The wind toppled the Delphinium. I had them hooped but the wind collapsed the hoop too.
Daisies have differing heights and are in both the front and back gardens. At one time I had an all daisy garden, plants with the daisy form, but not necessarily daisies.
In the next few weeks, I will be showing garden walk gardens. Be ready for some color!
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