Annuals · Birds in the Garden · Container Gardening · Perennials · Shrubs · Wildlife in the Garden

Take a walk through the fall garden with me.

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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 displays silvery blue wands of color.

Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) displays silvery-blue wands of color.

The sedum are in bloom and even as their color fades, they are still pretty.

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!

Many varieties continue to rebloom. They sure to give a lot of bang for the buck.

The salvias were cut back after their first flush of flowers and reward with more spikes of blue.

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Eupatorium ‘Chocolate’ brightens the shade garden under the weeping willow.

The flowers of toadlilies (Tricyrtis spp.) are uniquely beautiful. These are planted along a path so they can be appreciated up close.

The flowers of toad lilies (Tricyrtis spp.) are unique and exquisite. Planted along a path, they can be appreciated up close.

The wood asters are continuing to bloom under a honeylocust tree.

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.

Mums, of course, are the stars of container gardens.

Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender' shows off hundreds of exquisite lavender flowers. Turn the fuzzy silvery green foliage over to reveal the deep purple underneath.

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!

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 little beauty has been blooming in this pot since April! (I did cut it back once in July.)

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 are enjoying the cooler temperatures.

Roses obviously enjoy cool temperatures.

I am becoming a hydrangea-obsessed gardener! Even as flowers fade, they are beautiful. This is Hydrangea 'Bobo'.

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 is enjoying his reflection.

This guy, enjoying his reflection, didn’t even notice us walk by.

Bees are busily buzzing from flower to flower.

Bees, buzzing from flower to flower, were too busy to stop and chat.

Salvia 'Black & Blue' is a welcome sight for hummingbirds as they stop by to refuel on their way south for the winter.

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!

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