For the first time ever this year I planted flowering Kale. I used it both in my home gardens as well as the gardens at school. It is so colorful with the contrasts of green, pink, and purple that I feel it lends a great deal to the garden border. Offering the varying colors on one plant acts as a cohesive anchor in the garden for other plants along the same color lines like my petunias, coneflowers, and lavender.
Another new plant I tried this year was Meadow Blazing Star. I got this from the same nursery from which I ordered the Wild Blue Lupine. They specialize in native Prairie Plants. It got a late start but ended up being taller than my rose milkweed, to which I put it as a companion plant for monarchs. The milkweed provides the larval stage with food and the Meadow Blazing Star will attract adult Monarchs with nectar! It will be a favorite for years to come!
My Jackmanii Clematis died out some years ago. With its deep purple blooms, I always loved the statement it made in the garden. There are two or three Jackmanii Clematis in the school gardens, so I can gaze at them when I visit there in the summer to weed. Instead, in my home garden, I planted another variety of clematis. It just bloomed! I am hoping it likes the south side of my house behind my common milkweed patch! Time will tell. Unfortunately, I’ll have to do some digging to figure out the name of this clematis, as I misplaced the plant tag! If you can help me out, I’d be forever grateful!
I have no idea why my liatris look Chartreuse in this photo below. In actuality, they look brown to me. It must have been the way the sun was hitting them. You can see why the liatris or gayfeather as they are commonly called, are summer favorites when their stems are filled with purple blooms!
This spring I bought some of my bedding plants from a high school student who has his own greenhouse business. I purchased marigolds, geraniums, petunias, and coleus. I have always wanted a flower to “spill over” the retaining wall on my front border flower bed. The petunias won the prize this year for finally accomplishing that feat!
Fall is here. The nights are cool. The clouds are heavy and there is a nip in the air. I love being able to put on a warm sweater and have homemade chili for lunch! It’s almost time to put the garden to bed, but I’ll wait as long as I can so we can enjoy the very last of the season’s color.
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