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Garden Tour – End of Summer

I’m just not ready for summer to end. Here in Minnesota the temps are in the 70s and we’ve had ample rain, so the grass, veggies and flowers are very lush and green. Since everything is looking so good, I decided to do another “Stroll Through Gingham Gardens,” or more commonly known as a garden tour. I’m a relative new blogger and I’m learning as I go, so for my non-blogger readers, I will explain that more people are searching for “garden tours” than are searching for “stroll through Gingham Gardens,” so I must comply with good blogging practices to get traffic to my blog. I think it’s funny, because I really like my title better. Oh well, I’ll stop ranting and get back on track now. If you would like to view my previous garden tours, you can see those here and here.

Garden Tour - End of Summer

We’ll start with an area that runs along the side of our deck that I haven’t shared before.  This area was another area that got a complete clean out. It was full of overgrown burnt up hosta, ribbon grass, crocosmia and other undesirables. I haven’t shared a makeover on this area, because I don’t feel like its completely made over yet. It sort of turned into an area to just plop plants in that were leftovers or that I didn’t have a place to plant. The only plant that was planned was the Pee Gee Hydrangea and the rest were just plopped in.  I think the only plants that will stay put are the hydrangea and the clematis. I love the little chippy chair planter that I picked up at a junk store called The Cottage House in Minneapolis.

Garden Tour (Late Summer) - Pee Gee Hydrangea

Most of my containers are looking a little worse for wear, but some of the flowers are still going strong and I’ve enjoyed not having to water to much. The Marine Bells (Browalia) seem to like the cooler temps better than the heat.

Garden Tour - Seed Geranium, Browalia, Vinca Vine

Let’s walk around the deck to the other side by the Miniature Gnome Garden. I love this combination of Caladium, Maidenhair Fern and Hypoestes. I tried simply shooting this picture from overhead and it seemed the best way to capture it.

Garden Tour - Maidenhair Fern, Hypoestes and Caladium

The shady wheelbarrow garden has gone wild.

Garden Tour - Wheelbarrow Garden in the Shade

Let’s hike over to the tiered flower bed now. I’ve shared it in a couple of other posts here and here. First up are a few daylilies. This beauty, Monterey Jack, is new to my garden this year and I love it. It’s still loaded with buds. I picked it up at a big box store in July on clearance because it looked like it had been run over by a Mac truck. I just trimmed it up and planted it, and he’s quite happy now.

Monterey Jack Daylily

Next up is Apricot Sparkles daylily, back for it’s second round of blooms. I ran out after one of our many rain showers to snap these. If you’d like to see more daylilies at Gingham Gardens, you can check out these posts here and here.

Apricot Sparkles Daylily

Have you ever planted Solidago (goldenrod) in your gardens? This is so pretty, but I hope it’s not weedy. This is the first time I’ve planted it.

Garden Tour - Solidago (Goldenrod)

The Autumn Joy Sedum is starting to turn pink.

Garden Tour - Autumn Joy Sedum

I don’t think of pink as a fall color, but I sure have lots of pink blooms right now. Turtlehead is just getting started.

Garden Tour - Turtlehead

Another pink, Stargazer Oriental Lily. I have a few bunches that still have buds on them. They smell amazing, especially after it rains.

Garden Tour - Stargazer Oriental Lily

No pink here. Black-eyed Susan is a late summer flower garden staple. Now that’s a fall color.

Garden Tour - Black-eyed Susan

On our way to the front yard, I want to show you this Meadow Blazingstar Liatris. I’ve never grown this variety of liatris and I think it’s lovely. So do the butterflies, but apparently they don’t want their picture taken. Update: check this out!

Garden Tour - Meadow Blazingstar Liatris

Now let’s walk up to the far corner of the front yard. This little vignette of Butterfly Bush, Arizona Sun Gaillardia and Solanna Golden Sphere Coreopsis, are sporting true fall colors.

Garden Tour - Solanna Golden Sphere Coreopsis, Arizona Sun Gaillardia, Butterfly Bush

I get sidetracked very easily in the garden. Does that happen to you? I sat my camera down on a rock to do some deadheading and when I picked it up I accidentally pressed the button and snapped this shot. I think it’s cool, so I had to share it.

Garden Tour Perennial Bed

For this garden tour, I saved the best for last. The annuals in this old wine barrel planter are loving the rain and mild temps, and are putting on a beautiful show for passersby.

Garden Tour - Wine Barrel Planter

I hope you enjoyed the stroll this week. Are you ready for fall, or in denial like me? Your welcome to hang out for a bit and take some more tours. Feel free to share what you find on Pinterest or Facebook. Also, if you have a minute, leave a comment.  Have a blessed day!

Happy gardening,


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