Butterflies & Bees in the Garden · Garden Design · Perennials · Shrubs

Color in the Late Summer Garden

If your garden has become a collection of deadheads devoid of color, plant some shrubs and perennials that bloom like crazy in August. Here are some of the plants that keep my gardens in full color in late summer. Hydrangeas are in their glory. Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ is doing her thing in one of the… Continue reading Color in the Late Summer Garden

Butterflies & Bees in the Garden · Perennials

Allium ‘Millenium’ is 2018 Perennial Plant of the Year

Every year since 1990, the good folks of The Perennial Plant Association has chosen an outstanding perennial to tout for the upcoming year. The plant must be able to grow in many climates across the country, require little maintenance, offer interest to the garden in multiple seasons and rarely be bothered by pests or diseases.… Continue reading Allium ‘Millenium’ is 2018 Perennial Plant of the Year

Birds in the Garden · Garden Design · Perennials

Flowers Turn to Seed Heads

On a beautiful day last week I ventured outside with my camera. Temperatures had cooled to seasonal levels and the sun was shining in a clear blue sky. My intent was to get photos of everything still blooming to share with readers, but flowers were few and far between. Seven straight days of record-setting temperatures… Continue reading Flowers Turn to Seed Heads