I’m joining Gillian at Country Garden UK in her weekly meme Looking Good. She asks us to showcase highlights in our garden each week and link back to her site. Pop on over to see what’s special in gardener’s plots around the globe.
As you see above, my maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis) is looking especially good against the backdrop of red maple (Acer rubrum). This specimen is probably twenty years old and is huge, approximately 15′ wide by 10′ tall. Its silvery fronds are magnificent, waving in the sunlight and even more so in the moonlight.
New England asters (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) are looking great, the bees happily attend them. I have light pink, dark pink and deep purple. In the first photo, in the background you can see white garden phlox (P. paniculata), which is still blooming.
In the small, hot, dry bed next to the front steps, late-blooming sedums are looking lovely. Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ in lime-green looks great next to the gray-green and pink of October Daphne (Sedum seboldii aka Hylotelephium sieboldii). A few hens and chicks (Sempervivum) with purple highlights are in the lower right foreground. In the background right is cranberry-colored Sedum ‘Autumn Joy.’ Berries of cotoneaster (C. dammeri) are in the upper lefthand corner.
A surprise in the front bed is this lettuce leaf poppy (Papaver somniferum) that self-sowed very late and is now budding up (they usually bloom in July). I’m crossing my fingers that it blooms before frost gets it. I love the mauve-colored blooms against the gray-green leaves. This bed is made within raised stonewalls, so perhaps it will retain enough heat to help elevate the temperature.
Nasturtiums and calendula provide lots of bright yellow and orange blooms while the under-rated red foliage of sundrops (Oenothera fruiticosa) adds more color to the perennial garden.
Fall is advancing, but I’m still enjoying so many things in the garden and hope for several more weeks of color before nature puts an end to the 2015 season.