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Garden Tour #2 – End of Summer

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. Perhaps, you’ll come away from this garden tour with some flower gardening ideas. I’m joining in today for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day hosted by May Dreams Gardens.


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.

Window Box at Gingham Gardens Garden Tour

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.

Window Box at Gingham Gardens Garden Tour

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.

Painted Lady Butterfly on Meadow Blazingstar Liatris - Garden Tour

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.

Pinwheel Zinnias at Gingham Gardens Garden Tour

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.

Guardian Delphinium at Gingham Gardens Garden Tour

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.

Black-eyed Susan at Gingham Gardens Garden Tour

These Becky Shasta Daisies are looking good, but these are probably the last of the blooms for the year. Same with the Veronica.

Becky Shasta Daisies at Gingham Gardens Garden Tour

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.

Before & After Flower Bed at Gingham Gardens Garden Tour

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.

Weigela at Gingham Gardens Garden Tour

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.

Yellow mums at Gingham Gardens Garden Tour

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.

Arizona Sun Gaillardia & Zinnias at Gingham Gardens Garden Tour

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.

Solanna Golden Sphere Coreopsis

Now, let’s take a stroll to the back yard, stopping by the deck to see these bright yellow dahlias.

Bright yellow dahlias at Gingham Gardens Garden Tour

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.

Garden Makeover at Gingham Gardens Garden Tour

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.

Autumn Joy Sedum at Gingham Gardens Garden Tour

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.

Strawberry Seduction Yarrow at Gingham Gardens Garden Tour

And just to prove that I do grow veggies, I’m including this little collage.

Veggies at Gingham Gardens Garden Tour

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.

As always, thanks for stopping by today. I appreciate your visit. Please stay awhile and have a look around, and while you’re here, share some of the photos on social media. Since initially publishing this post, I have created an awesome Gardening Resources Library with helpful Free Gardening Printables that I believe will help you stay organized and on track to have your best garden ever. Have a blessed day!

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  1. Your garden is bursting with color. What a lovely surprise, it looks like spring to me! Oh to have all this beauty all around.

  2. I loved the before and after pictures; they are so inspiring. I am glad your garden is still going strong. We get our first frost around October 15th and I am never ready for Fall or Winter to come. I am always ready for the miserable hot weather to leave though.
    Jeannie @ GetMeToTheCountry.Blogspot.com

  3. Wow, Joanna, your end of summer garden looks so vibrant! Just beautiful! By this time, mine is looking pretty ragged. Thank you so much for sharing this at our Best of the Weekend party!! Hope you will come back and link up with us every week! Enjoy the weekend!

  4. You have beautiful flowers. I am working on a September flower tour with my garden. How do you get your delphiniums to flower again. How far do you cut them back?

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Thelma. I don’t really have any secrets for getting the delphiniums to rebloom. They just did this year. It’s been unseasonably hot and dry this week so my flowers are really starting to look tired. Happy gardening!

    1. For sure, it’s a Meadow Blazingstar Liatris. A different species than the more popular variety that’s usually sold in garden centers. I purchased this from a master gardener in my area that has a plant sale every year. Btw, thanks for stopping by.

  5. Joanna, what. beautiful blooms that are still going strong! The deep red verbena, zinnias and of course, the delphiniums are show-stoppers! By this time of year in the South, the heat has taken its toll on blooms. We had high winds and rain last night from Irma, so I will be out to survey the damage. Several large and heavy pots blew over. Just thankful,it wasn’t as bad as it could have been!

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Pam. Stay safe and dry. I will miss Gardens Galore, but I think for most, gardening is pretty much done for the summer. Blessings to you and yours!

  6. I love how you remember the names of all your plants. It made me start using my cell phone to take pictures of the plant tags so I can start keeping track better. Your flowers are looking amazing and I love the new bed makeover along your back fence!

  7. It was quite the tour indeed ! 🙂 Beautiful.

    Seeing your yarrow reminded me that after having both yellow and red yarrow for many years they have not come back in the last year or two.

  8. I find this time of year great to reflect on the summer’s garden accomplishments. It’s enjoyable to see your flowers. I lost my big delphinium and miss it. I don’t think I’ve ever had a delphinium re-bloom. I did plant some new ones and hope they’ll come back next year. I discovered a big vine out back where some pumpkins had been tossed last fall. No pumpkins but fun to see the vine! The closest I come to vegetable gardening is with a tomato in a pot- I just don’t have an area with full sun for more. Love the zinnias- I am going to plant some next year!

    1. You’re right, Liz, it is a great time to reflect on which plants worked and which didn’t. Someday, I will start a gardening journal. Have a blessed day!

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