Sunday, August 20, 2023

My Summer Perennial Garden

As summer begins to wind down and the kiddos are all heading back to school, I thought I'd better snap to it and show you photos of my summer perennial garden before it's time for a fall tour.

Let's begin the tour shall we.  Some photos were taken at the end of June, some around the 4th of July, and the rest were recently taken, but the garden has changed so much already as now everything is already starting to yellow, brown, and fade away and the yard is mostly filled with Black Eyed Susans.

Early July is when the tall Asiatic Lilies are in bloom...just in time for the 4th of July.

In front of the shed I have a large Endless Summer Hydrangea.  Mine blooms pink instead of blue because of the soil.

The purple coneflower, day lilies, and Bee Balm also bloom about this time.

I didn't include these late spring blooming Delphiniums in my Spring Perennial Garden post, so I'm including them now.

I have a shade loving hydrangea that I just love!  I've been able to dig up and divide this plant a lot as it sends out runners.  Hopefully someday I'll have even more of this beauty in my yard.

A self seeding bellflower that's really overtaken my shade garden, but that's ok as it is so pretty!

Year after year the spirea bushes never stop showing off their beautiful blooms.  If only they would stop self-seeding everywhere though!

This sun-loving plant was quite the show stopper this year!  It is called "Rose Campion".

Every year I try something different with my front yard garden bed.  It's a mix of annuals and perennials.  This year I did a wild mix of rudebekias, zinnias, and begonias.  Nothing matches, but it's very colorful and cheerful.

I purchased this rudebekia variety at my local greenhouse.  The lady that sold it to me swears it's a perennial.  I have my doubts.  But it was definitely a show-stopper this year, and if it doesn't come back next spring, I'm still buying more because it looked gorgeous all summer long.

This is the red version of purple coneflower.  I LOVE this plant! I recommend buying it if you see it at your local nursery.  It is so hardy, and blooms most of the summer.  It's just stunning!

This is the other end of the same front garden bed.  Here I have my pond, which sits right underneath my kitchen window.  I love to watch all the birds and animals come here and get a drink while I do the dishes.

A lovely creamy yellow daylily with purple coneflower and phlox in the distance.

This is another rudebekia version the lady sold me at my local greenhouse.  Once again, she said it was a perennial, but I'll believe it if it comes back next winter.  I love the fall colors of this one, but it didn't grow quite as large as the previous one I showed you.

There were so many butterflies in my yard this year!  It seemed the entire yard was filled with flying colors!  I love how this one matches the colors in the zinnia.

We had a drought this spring, so unfortunately most of my seeded zinnias didn't even germinate.  But I did get a few like the next two beauties.

I love the sherbet colors of this one!

A soft pink day lily.

These bright red day lilies that lined my walk way were show stoppers this year!

A white coneflower.

Sunflowers planted by the birds.  I never pull a sunflower, even if it grows in the most ridiculous spot.  I just can't bring myself to do it.

Even when plants and bushes stop blooming, they leave so much interest and color behind in their seeds.  I love the seed heads of this Viburnum bush.

Black eyed Susans with phlox in the background.

Purple Liatris

This is my septic mound where I have mostly wild orange day lilies growing so hubby doesn't have to mow it and I don't have to give it much attention.  

I do have other things growing on this mound like Black Eyed Susans and other types of day lilies.

Here is the same mound looking the opposite direction back at the house.

There is a lot of phlox on this mound too.  The deer are always eating it, which I actually don't mind, because they eat it early in the spring which causes the plant to bloom on shorter stems.


A white Asiatic Lily

Yellow Asiatic lilies mixed with red Bee Balm.

Pink Day Lily

And finally, the annuals in pots in my back patio.  I just realized I never showed ya'll my newly renovated back patio.  I have just been so behind on my blogging.  I don't know why, but I'm having trouble keeping up with this blog.  I use to post 3-5 times a week, and now it's a miracle if I do one post a week.  My life hasn't changed, so it must be my energy level.  I have so many home renovations, travel, and lifestyle posts I want to share.  Oh well...someday!

I hope you enjoyed my summer perennial garden tour, hopefully I'll be able to come back with one more garden post this fall but I wouldn't hold your breath. 😂

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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  1. Whata amazing garden you have Amy! What a lot of work goes in there, beautiful!

  2. Wow, you have such a beautiful garden. I love all the pics I see from it. Very nice.

  3. Just gorgeous. God must be so proud of the way you tend your garden, love His beautiful creations. My goodness!! I have been painting cone flowers this summer without knowing what they are called...thank you for putting a name to a 'face.' Love the pink hydrangeas, the white blooms around that beautiful angel...heavenly; the black-eyed Susans - my dad always called me his blue-eyed Susan (my middle name). Everything is gorgeous, gorgeous. And such a tribute to the great gardener, Himself.

    1. Aww, thank you Leslie. You always give the best comments. And how sweet that your dad called you his "Blue eyed Susan". I love it.

  4. Everything looks so pretty, love the sunflowers most of all, my fav flower. Do you get lots of honey bees and butterflies? Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedLinkParty 126. Pinned.

    1. Thanks Dee. I get tons of butterflies, I've seen honey bees on the sunflowers, but I mostly see bumble bees.

  5. Love seeing all the blooms! Thanks for sharing. :)

  6. I absolutely love your bright and colorful blooms! They are so pretty and give me English cottage vibes. You have such a talent for placing them!

    1. Thanks Laura. Yes, they definitely are cottage gardens.

  7. A beautiful garden throughout the Summer! Lovely Hydrangea. Just love the colors and combinations in your late August garden.

  8. Your gardens are always so lovely. You have so many colorful and unusual varieties and I love how you always seem to have something new (or still!) blooming in every single area.

    1. Thank you. I try hard to always have something blooming.

  9. Beautiful garden. We are just going into Spring here so I've started planting some colour, hopefully I"ll have as much as yours.

  10. Lots of drama Amy, your garden look fantastic! I love the rose campion, will look out for that next year. I would love to have coneflowers and rudbeckia but my garden isn't sunny enough for them. Thanks for linking

    1. Thank you. I don't have much sun either and the coneflowers and rudbeckias thrive. I have a part shade garden.

  11. Amy,
    WOW!! Your blooms are absolutely stunning!! GORGEOUS garden! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  12. I am not a gardener any more as we now stay in the basement suite with our daughter and family so they do the gardening. I love what you have done and enjoy your fantastic and beautiful garden.
    Thank you for sharing your various links with us at #275 SSPS Linky. Hope to see you again next week.

  13. Wow! So happy to see the Hollyhocks, they are a favorite. Thanks for sharing with SSPS #275!

  14. Amy, I love your summer perennial garden! Beautiful!
    Visiting today from Encouraging Hearts & Home #27&28.

  15. What an absolutely gorgeous garden. It must bring you great pleasure! #FriendshipFriday

  16. Your garden is a heaven , I absolutely adore the fairy mannequin amidst the hydrangeas. Thanks for sharing with Garden Affair.

  17. Amy, CONGRATS! Your post is FEATURED at the #UnlimitedLinkParty 127!

  18. Your garden is absolutely stunning! Just looking at all those beautiful flowers made me smile. Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

  19. I don't think I commented on this post yet, sorry been trying to catch up with my kitchen cabinet re-do and it's taking me waaaayyy longer than I wanted it to take!!

    Once again I am in awe of your stunning garden, so many beautiful colors to see everywhere you look! I will definitely look for a red coneflower, such a stunning color! Your bluebells look so pretty, I may need to find a few for my shaded spots, I have so much shade in my garden! I had the same problem with Zinnias this year and only a few of them are blooming. Hopefully next June we'll get more rain!!

    1. Thanks Ellie. Yes, I hope next summer are rainfall totals are back to normal.


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