autumn perennials

autumn combo medI have dozens and dozens of perennials in my garden. Even so people keep saying “You don’t have a lot of flowers, do you?”

Actually I do. It’s that they all have a special place  and time to actually strut their stuff.  For instance right now, this little perennial combination is cheering me up everso. It a combination that’s sparkling in its freshness:

A sedum with a gorgeous bloom, a lovely butterfly bush, and the gold of Japanese hedge grass called ‘All Gold’.

Right now the phlox are fading, looking a bit sad but I keep deadheading them anyway.  In fact it’s one of the great autumn pleasures—messing about with the amazing scents that plants are releasing right now—nicking stuff here and there.

It’s about this time I get truly fed up with hostas and their lanky flower stems. I can never keep up with them and loathe the look of those sticks-like stalks rising about the foliage which is usually so glorious and right now is chomped by slugs.

So love and loathe:  how typically a gardener.

  • Diane Visser

    October 5, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    I really enjoyed your show on putting perenials in pots. I live on one of the Gulf Islands off the coast of Vancouver Island. [Paradise] Our house is a log house and I have several barrel planters alsong the drive way side of the house. I was intreigued by your suggessting perenials in pots by I cannot remember which ones you suggested. I really enjoy it when you are on the program. Could you send me some names of perenials that will work. Glad I found your website Diane Visser Gabriola Island B>C>

  • Elaine Davie

    October 20, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Fall is the best. Sedums, Maples, Phlox, and especially Cosmos. Makes me fell like i’m in the movie ‘A Color Purple’. “Woopie”.

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