Late summer, easing into fall, is hands-down my favorite time of year—a bit less going on and a tad more time to enjoy it. Vacations are winding down, school's back in session, and spending less time watering allows for more time enjoying the remnants of summer still on display in my garden.
Some late-season bloomers are just hitting their stride, such as agastache, asters, dahlias, kniphofia, rudbeckias, California fuchsia, and the warm-season grasses.
Then there are those stalwart perennials gamely displaying a second or continued flush of bloom. Salvias, agastache, coreopsis, hardy fuchsia, and many varieties of hardy geraniums have an exceptionally long bloom period. Though few can top Geranium 'Rozanne', especially if she's cut back mid-season after her first bloom, she'll have strong second show in fall.
Plants that Age Gracefully
Blooms with a penchant for aging gracefully are taking on their autumnal tones. Some plants, such as many of the sedums and hydrangeas evolve through the season with blooms that morph and change in pleasing ways as they age. Others are prized for attractive seed heads and/or dried flowers, allowing us to enjoy a second season of interest.
Of course, colorful fall foliage is still to come—but we'll save that for another post. For now, soak up the last of summer and revel in the season!