Even though it snowed on Friday, we still haven't had a killing frost yet; although the blooms have faded, there is still a lot of color in my garden.
The brown stems you see in the picture above is what is left of my Black Eyed Susans. I was going to cut them down, but then I noticed the gold finches enjoying the seed, and I didn't have the heart. I will wait a few more weeks yet.
Almost all of my bushes have gorgeous, gorgeous berries on them, making up for the lack of flower color.
The bush below is a highlight in my garden for it provides four seasons of interest: yellow flowers in spring, bright chartreuse foliage in summer, red foliage in the fall (not there yet!), and red berries in the winter. The birds love to nest inside of it and eat the berries all winter long.
Here is a close up of the bright red berries on this bush.
This garden has a gorgeous river view in the background that can be seen all summer long, but is even more visible when the trees drop their leaves.
In addition to the bush above, this garden also holds other bushes that provide lots of fall interest.
One of the bushes has these lovely purple berries on it.
And the other is a Vibernum that produces these lovely pink flowers in the fall.
My southern retaining wall garden doesn't look anything like it did in early August, but it's still pretty because the annuals, though faded, are still blooming!
I have so much sedum in my garden. The bees and butterflies love it. It's the easiest plant on the planet to grow!
This is the front path leading up to my house. When I returned home from vacation my hanging baskets were dead because I didn't have anyone come over to water them. I just popped the dead plants out and replaced them with mums and they have been blooming beautifully ever since.
I have a Flowering Crab Apple Tree that is just dripping with red berries. It is so heavy with berries that the branches are literally bending over.
And my husband and I were so surprised to spot these berries on our Star Magnolia tree for the first time since we planted it.
Another garden surprise was seeing one of our lilac bushes turn this beautiful yellow. That has never happened before.
And finally, I wanted to show you a few pictures I took in Mid-August that I never got a chance to share.
I have a deep shade garden along my fence line where it can be difficult to grow anything. But these unusual Cimicifuga plants seem to like it there.
And in late summer, this is what my garden pond looked like. This is the one spot I still let the phlox grow. I've been steadily removing it from most of my other gardens because it reseeds everywhere and gets mildew on it's leaves. But in this sunny spot it does quite well, and it's a small garden, so I'm able to keep a handle on the reseeding problem.
A lot of you have this plant in your garden. It's called Magic Lily because in the spring it produces thick green leaves, which then die back and disappear, but in the fall, these pretty flowers magically appear!
And finally, I wanted to show you what my garden looked like during the solar eclipse. The lighting was so unusual!
And that will probably be the end of the garden posts for the year! Although you always see bits and pieces of my garden when I do fashion photo shoots in my yard. I will also do a winter garden post when we get a pretty snowfall.
Have a Great Day! Amy
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