I’m joining in today for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day hosted by May Dreams Gardens.
I can’t believe it’s the 10th of September and I’m still able to take you all on another Garden Tour. Get your virtual walking shoes on and let’s do this.
Join me on the front porch and look to the east at the lovely window box my hubby built. As long as I keep it watered, pretty much daily, it’s keeps on looking good. My favorite flowers in the window box this year are the deep red verbena.
Here’s another picture of the middle of the window box. This box is almost six feet long, so it’s difficult to get a straight on picture of the entire thing. The purple supertunia is a favorite too.
Now, let’s walk down the steps, and just to the left of the sidewalk a few feet down is this amazing Meadow Blazingstar Liatris. This is the first year that I’ve had this perennial in my gardens and it has been a butterfly magnet. A few weeks ago, I shared the monarch butterflies loving on it. And now, this week dozens of painted lady butterflies have been flitting around my gardens. They do not stay put for more than a few seconds, if that, and it’s difficult to get a picture. I was lucky enough to capture this one photo that’s good enough to share. Check out the video on my Facebook page of a local garden blogger that was able to capture painted ladies this week in slow motion. Go ahead and take a minute to pop over and have a look.
Now to the right of the walk is a garden area that will get a major overhaul (again) either later this month, or next spring. But for now, these little Pinwheel Zinnias are just to cute not to show you.
Also, in that same area are these Guardian Delphinium. I think this is their third round of blooms this summer. These blooms aren’t as tall as the previous blooms, but they still look great.
Now let’s head down the driveway. On the left is the area that I performed a major makeover on, and you can read about that here. It’s starting to look a little tired, but these Black-eyed Susan are looking great. Black-eyed Susan really is a mainstay in late summer gardening.
These Becky Shasta Daisies are looking good, but these are probably the last of the blooms for the year. Same with the Veronica.
At the end of the driveway on the right is an area that I worked on this week. I still need to plant some more perennials in this little area. I’m thinking I will probably add a few daylilies and spring blooming bulbs. I also need to add mulch along the remainder of this side of the driveway.
Let’s walk along the front of the house and see what’s photo worthy. I planted two Weigela bushes at the end of last summer a few weeks after we moved in. They really have been spectacular and have kept blooming all summer. Here’s a close-up of the blooms.
Also, along the front I have a couple of these hardy Chrysanthemums. Even though I cut them back a few times over the summer, they have gotten quiet large. I love the weird shaped petals.
In the same foundation bed are several groupings of zinnias and Arizona Sun Gaillardia. As evidenced by the following picture, it’s a great combination. The coloring in these gaillardia is so intense, much more so than any of the other gaillardia I have in my gardens.
Now, let’s take a little walk over to the northeast corner of the front yard and see what we can find there. It’s definitely worth the walk to see these beauties. I fell in love with Solanna Golden Sphere Coreopsis from the moment I spotted it at the garden center. It was blooming when I bought it and it has not stopped blooming the entire summer. Look at all the flowers on this one plant. I think I purchased six of these, and if they all survive the winter, Solanna Golden Sphere Coreopsis will go on my list of must have perennials.
Now, let’s take a stroll to the back yard, stopping by the deck to see these bright yellow dahlias.
Along the back fence is another area that I started working on this week. This area gets mostly shade. So far I’ve planted three Annabelle Hydrangeas, two variegated dogwoods and two Sugar Plum Coral Bells. Still lots of work to be done, but I’m happy with my progress this week.
Let’s cross the backyard to the tiered garden bed. If you haven’t done so already, you can see the major makeover of this area here. The overall look of the tiered bed is also weary, but I want to show you the Autumn Joy Sedum, a/k/a bee magnet.
Also in the tiered bed, is this lovely Strawberry Seduction Yarrow. It’s another prolific bloomer and one of the few plants, that were here in the gardens when we moved in last summer, that I kept.
And just to prove that I do grow veggies, I’m including this little collage.
Wow, that was quite the Garden Tour. Thanks for hanging with me. In Minnesota, we could be weeks away from our first frost that will wipe all these beauties out, so I’m going to continue these tours as long as I have photos to share.
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