Here's a look at what's blooming in my garden this month.
Against the bold backdrop of 'King Humbert' Canna, my favorite perennial Salvia greggii is starting to put on its autumn show. 'Karley Rose' Fountain Grass adds wispy texture.
The bright red color of a volunteer Salvia coccinea pops against the sea of blue 'Henry Duelberg' Salvia. I love free plants, especially when they grow in just the right spot :-) These red tubular blooms are hummer magnets, too (sorry I'm not quick enough to get a picture).
And more Salvia greggii, violet this time.
The 'Regal Mist' Muhly Grass (lower left) is just starting to plume.
More free plants,
the annual Melampodium reseeds here and there in my garden
and is always welcome.
Here the Melampodium popped up near 'Helen von Stein' Lamb's Ear. In the upper left side is a tiny remnant of 'Autumn Fire' Sedum trying to bloom. Try as I might, 'Autumn Joy/Fire' Sedum just does not grow well in my garden.
The lone rose in my garden ('Knock-Out') does seem to be happy in this spot.
It anchors the corner by the driveway.
Below the 'Knock-Out' Rose, I grow 'Azure Skies' Heliotrope and Zexmenia. These two plants don't photograph very well, but they are two of the toughest plants I have in my garden, blooming nonstop even in the hottest of summers.
Rudbeckia 'Triloba' brightens up a partially shady spot under my 'Fire Dragon' Shantung Maple tree. Another bulletproof plant, Purple Heart, sprawls below.
Here are some wider shots of the front perennial beds.
Moving to the backyard...
Garlic Chives are blooming along the flagstone walk to the backyard. I am planning to transplant some of these to areas where I am currently growing daylilies. Since the foliage looks similar, I am hoping it will blend in with the daylily fans and will add some fall blooms to areas where the daylilies only bloom spring and summer. I'll let you know how it works out next fall.
One of the mainstays of my shady backyard is native, fall-blooming Turk's Cap. I have Spanish Bluebell bulbs planted below for spring color. In other areas, I inter-plant with 'Texas Gold' Columbine for spring blooms.
'African Blue' Basil. If you plant it, they will come. Bees, that is.
Hummingbirds love the tubular blooms of the 'Black & Blue' Salvia (Salvia guaranitica)
Annual Pentas are ready for the butterflies
Even the unassuming Variegated Liriope is getting in on the fall show
Fresh raindrops still on its petals, the Rain Lily lives up to its name :-)
I hope you have enjoyed this tour of September blooms in my garden.
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