The coming of Fall is bittersweet. I hate to see my garden dying, but some flowers are at their most beautiful. Here are a few pictures I took yesterday.
Foxglove, Hosta, and Clematis are the stars of my garden in May!
- Clematis (asurreygarden.wordpress.com)
Not that anyone has asked me, but I thought I would weigh in on my personal choices of ground cover/underplanting.
I am a traditionalist. I like four plants for covering those awkward spaces under roses, hydrangea and other flowering shrubs.
My number one choice is Nepeta, specifically Walkers’ Low. I love this plant. It is hearty, beautiful, fragrant and voluminous. Its only downside is that if you have cats, they like to nap right in the middle of them. It’s also known as catmint.
My second choice is hosta. There are so many smaller cultivars these days, and they are mostly all fabulous.
My third choice is stachys, or lambs ears. They add texture and a beautiful grey color that blends with everything.
My fourth choice is lavender. It’s a bit hard to get started, but once it gets going, it is just about perfect.
And they are all great bee plants!
- Catmint the cat’s meow (sfgate.com)
- Stachys byzantina (findmeacure.com)
- Three Out of Four Cats Agree: Nepeta Cataria Rocks! (gardeningnirvana.wordpress.com)
Sadly, my hostas are almost finished blooming. The garden saved the best for last though.
This cultivar’s bloom looks like a beautiful lily. It looks like it has a few more blossoms to enjoy!
The nectar flow is strong right now, but we worry about August, September and October. We want our ladies to go into winter with a big store of food to carry them through the winter.
My dahlias and everlasting peas will bloom until fall, but my roses and hostas will be done by then. Thank goodness for my neighbor who’s a wonderful gardener!
She grows the most gorgeous hibiscus which the bees just love! While not a staple of the English cottage garden, they are beautiful just the same!
They are just now coming into bloom and will continue as long as the weather is warm, which, around here, can last until October.
Here are some pictures, along with a few from my garden as well:
- The Bees, the Flowers and Me (essenceofwild.co.uk)
This is for Ogee at Gardens for Goldens!