Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for August 2017.
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, summer is humming along to the tune of bees buzzing and birds singing.
We have received more than our fair share of rain this summer until about 10 days ago, when we didn’t get any rain for a week or so. I left town for the GWA: Association of Garden Communicators conference in Buffalo, New York, and it didn’t rain the entire time I was gone—six days.
But don’t weep for me. It isn’t that dry out in the garden.
The August Dreams Garden border, featured in this first picture above, is looking good as it begins to bloom with late summer and early fall flowers.
Currently it features Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta, and Joe-Pye Weed, Eutrochium dubium ‘Little Joe’. In the back of the border you can see the yellow flowers of cup plant, Silphium perfoliatum, which has been blooming for quite awhile now. You can’t really see it in this picture because the flowers are tiny and white, but around the sculpture, Boltonia, Boltonia asteroides var. latisquama ‘Snowbank’, is also blooming.
Also blooming in this border is Rudbeckia subtomentosa ‘Henry Eilers’
It’s a nice variation from the other Black-eyed Susans.
When I go out into the garden in late summer, I am drawn to this border first because it is just beginning to bloom. It is my “spring in late summer” garden, as I plant for a perpetual spring here at May Dreams Gardens. Ver perpetuum is what Sir Francis Bacon called the idea that we should have a succession of flowers blooming throughout the year.
But the rest of the garden isn’t lacking for bloom. Here’s a quick tour around for other bloom highlights in August.
If you tried to get plants to spill over the sidewalk, they wouldn’t cooperate, so it is nice when they do soften the edges, like this Coreposis rosea does.
I got the bulbs for these Pineapple Lilies, Eucomis sp. in late June at a Regional GWA meeting. Thanks to Brent and Becky’s Bulbs for giving them to us.
I wouldn’t want to face an August in my garden without the blooms of the old-fashioned hostas. I just call them “August Lilies”. They have a great scent and remind me of the hostas my grandmother grew on the northside of her house.
I love how this Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ peaks out over the fence so from the street people can see it and wonder “what else has she got in that garden back there?” This is the view from the back garden
And finally, I have to show off my zinnias in August. They are looking good and will bloom all the way until frost.
Did someone say frost? Not me. I’m counting the days of summer, not the days until fall!
What’s blooming in your garden as we hit mid-August? We would love to have you join in for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and show us.
It’s easy to participate. Just post on your blog about what’s blooming in your garden and then come back here and put your link in the Mr. Linky widget and then leave a comment to tell us what you have waiting for us.
And always remember…
“We can have flowers nearly every month of the year.” ~ Elizabeth Lawrence