Thursday, August 11, 2011

August Color At My Front Porch….

Welcome to the hot, dry days of August in Southern Indiana.  It has been a busy two weeks leading up the the first day of school tomorrow.  You might be amazed at how many things two girls need just to get on the bus in the morning.  I am excited for them to start a new school year, but sad they wont be home everyday.  I love having everyone here at the lake.  But life goes on….
And so does the garden…  I was the speaker at our garden club yesterday and listened to many of the members say they have “given up” on their garden.  I do understand not everyone is as gung-ho as I am.  But I think they might need to consider longer blooming shrubs and reseeding annuals.  Here is a Limelight Hydrangea, a great example of a late season performer.
I also have learned a very useful design tool.  Use you foliage as color.  I love burgundy and purple-red leaves on plants.  They don’t even need to bloom, but they stand out and add interest all season long.  Here are some great examples coleus and Wine and Roses Weilgea.
The front walk also has some reseeders…. the white is sweet alyssum and the purple is moss verbena.  They both come back on their own and bloom until frost.  They spill into my walkway and I enjoy the effect.
Purple Palace Coral Bells and a Japanese Maple compliment each other in front of one of the boulders.
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This is Serrata Preziosa Hydrangea, one of my favorites… it has an interesting color show… starting with green leaves with red stems…. then green blooms that turn bright pink…. then as the blooms darken to a rich burgundy so does the foliage.  Great, great fall color!
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This is Pink Diamond Hydrangea…. I am training it into a tree form.  It is another late bloomer.

These coneflowers are so pretty with the purple and cream.  They will be cut back soon and some Obedient plants will be take its place in the color here.
Pink Fairy roses and my Red Heart Althea tree.  Many daylilies are in this area as well.  I have since cut all this back and you can see the roses better.
I have 14 of this variety all up this side of the house.  They almost touch the windows this summer.  They are non-stop bloomers.
Here is a close-up of the Althea.  I have two of these are they are so pretty from inside the house looking out.  They bloom from early June till late August.  Mine are both standards or tree form.
Sorry this has been such a long post!  I feel I might have more time to write once the girls go back to school…. but then I will return to work as well a few days.  I substitute teach at their schools part time.
Thanks for visiting and Happy Gardening….Brooke
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Today I am sharing with Tracie's Fishtail Cottage's Cottage Flora Thursday, Open House Thursdays at No Minimalist's Here, Tootsie Time's Fertilizer Friday,   Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home,  Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage,  Home Sweet Home Party at The Charm of Home,  Farmhouse Friday at Laurie Anne's Vintage Home,  Cielo's Show Off You Cottage Monday at House in the Roses