I can't believe we're almost half way through August already, can you? 😢 Summer is always over so fast. These pictures were taken during the last weeks of July and early August. Almost everything but the mums and sedums have bloomed now, and soon the garden will have a last hurrah and begin to wind down.
In my last garden post, the Asiatic lilies and annuals were the stars of the garden. Now, the day lilies and the Black Eyed Susans are stealing the show.
I love this light pink day lily with the contrast of the purple coneflower in the background.
I do not plant any sunflowers myself, but whenever one grows on it's own from bird seed carried and dropped by the birds, I usually leave it be. Even if it seems to be sprouting in the worst of all places, I leave it alone. And I'm always glad I did. Here a tall sunflower grew right in the front of my garden. Usually I don't want tall plants in the front...they always look better in the center or the back of the garden. But this sunny flower is in full view of my kitchen sink window and it cheers me up every time I do the dishes.
My Annabelle Hydrangea blooms got so big they drooped and fell over. I love how they surrounded the angel statue.
A container garden and coleus in my shade garden. The begonia in the pot is two years old. I brought the pot inside my sun room for the winter. Did you know you can over winter a lot of annuals inside your home? It's a great cost saver if you have a large garden like I do. I couldn't possibly buy all new annuals every year. Geraniums make the best houseplants for sunny windows. I always bring those inside in the fall.
This is a larger sunflower the birds planted in a more appropriate spot...the center of my garden. Good for them! :)
The Black Eyed Susans in the sunniest part of my yard are in full bloom right now. I still have some plants in other parts of the yard that are not blooming yet.
My fall hydrangea bush is just starting to open up.
A bee enjoying a purple Liatris.
This is a tall shade plant called Flipendula. I have it growing along my fence line where not much else wants to grow but weeds.
Hibiscus is another plant I over winter in my sun room. I have two of these bushes, this pink one and a peach one (not pictured in this post).
A gorgeous purple day lily.
In case you didn't know, Black Eyed Susans reseed like crazy. And I don't care! It's a beautiful plant that blooms for almost a month. The birds, especially the yellow finches, go crazy for its seed. And, it's a low growing plant, so it doesn't drive me crazy like the taller perennials like Phlox or Goldenrod due. Plus, their roots are very shallow, so it's easy to pull out if a plant grows where you don't want it. It also grows fairly well in shade, which is rare! It's hard to find flowering perennials that grow well in shade.
A purple day lily with an insect inside.
This is a light purple bee balm. In previous garden posts, I've already shown you a red bee balm and a deep purple bee balm that grows in my garden. This variety is one of the last of the bee balms to bloom.
This day lily is called "September...something" I can't remember the full name. It's one of the last day lilies to bloom, so September is part of its name. It has a golden yellow/orangey color: very reminiscent of traditional fall colors.
This gorgeous day lily I have blooming right next to my pond.
The Star Gazer Asiatic Lily is probably every ones favorite Asiatic lily. The blooms are so big and beautiful and the scent this lily throws off in the garden is incredible. You can smell it the second you step out of the house!
The deep purple bee balm I mentioned above is still in bloom looking amazing with the lighter purple cone flower. That is tall phlox in the foreground which is just starting to open up.
And the next few pictures show other angles of the the same flowers shown above.
Have A Great Day! Amy
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