Unlike the multitude of summer blooms, each and every flower in my October landscape is cherished. My standards for foliage ease, too. Some ragged or cold-nipped leaves don’t send me running for a pair of pruners. With winter nipping at my heels, I have a greater appreciation for the beauty, and more tolerance for imperfection, in my gardens.
Walking through the landscape, I pat myself on the back for planting so many annuals and perennials still strutting their stuff in mid-October. Take a walk with me and I’ll share some of them with you.
Let’s check out the perennials first.
Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) displays silvery-blue wands of color.
Many varieties of sedum are blooming. And even as their flowers fade, they will still be pretty.
This spiderwort (Tradenscantia virginiana) seeded itself into a rock wall and blooms in my favorite color. It’s a happy accident in the garden!
The salvias were cut back after their first flush of flowers and reward with more spikes of blue.
Eupatorium ‘Chocolate’ brightens the shade garden under the weeping willow.
The flowers of toad lilies (Tricyrtis spp.) are unique and exquisite. Planted along a path, they can be appreciated up close.
The wood asters bloom under a honeylocust tree.
And then there are the annuals – some newly planted cool-season plants and summer annuals continuing to flower.
Mums, of course, are the stars of container gardens.
Plectranthus ‘Mona Lavender’ shows off hundreds of charming lavender flowers. Turn the fuzzy silvery-green foliage over to reveal the deep purple underneath.
The color of ornamental cabbage and kale intensifies as the weather gets cooler. They just get better and better!
Alyssum is a workhorse in containers. This diminutive beauty has been blooming in its pot since April!
Euphorbia ‘Ascot Rainbow’ may not have flowers, but it is one of my favorite annuals. I just love the color of its foliage. This plant will head inside soon to spend the winter indoors.
Finally, let’s see which shrubs are blooming.
Roses obviously enjoy cool temperatures.
I am becoming a hydrangea-obsessed gardener. Even as their flowers fade, they are beautiful. This is Hydrangea ‘Bobo’.
We passed a few garden friends as we walked through the landscape. Did you see them?
This guy, enjoying his reflection, didn’t even notice us walk by.
Bees, buzzing from flower to flower, were too busy to stop and chat.
Hummingbirds, refueling for the next leg of their journey, were a delightful surprise. Safe travels my friends!
Thanks for walking along with me. What’s blooming in your gardens? Share some photos and garden with me!