When you plan a garden you have to take into account the ebb and flow of what is happening in each part of the flowering season. It seems a bit like composing to me. All that rearranging I did last week will help fine tune the flow from one bloom cycle to another. I like to plan for as many cycles of bloom as possible. I love my spring flowers, my early summer crescendo, the steadier pace of summer, then a little rest, and we have the final display of fall glory. It seems like every flower gives its last and best effort just before the show ends, especially the roses. Their colors go deeper and richer...just a bit of heaven. Of course some plants only bloom in the fall. I do like waiting for those vibrant colors of fall mums, and asters too.
One of the things I pay particular attention to in my garden is what is blooming in August. Since it is a generally a slower month. There are some flowers that do well here in our hot desert days, and cool desert nights. Going to the nursery during the different bloom cycles also help me to see what could be going on in my garden at any particular season. I have been surprised this time around at how many new and improved plants that have hit the market.
Agastaches (lemon scented)
These last two plants are some of my favorite late summer bloomers for this region.
This Russian Sage, is just starting it's show and will give me color all the way through fall.
...and this white phlox is one of my "I would not be with out" plants. I use to cut the blooms off when they first faded, and then one lazy summer I found that they kept putting bloom out. All I had to do was pluck off the faded flowers and more were coming right behind the first flush. This plant also blooms all the way to fall for me. For some reason I did not bring many starts of this plant with me, and it has taken me a bit to build up supply. This is one of the first starts I planted. Both this one and the Russian Sage work very well with the roses. Of course the roses reign supreme in my garden, all else is there as filler or background support : ]
If you have some garden show stoppers blooming right now in your garden, please do share with all of us? What is blooming in Your Garden right now?