There is not much new in my zone 4 to 5 Ottawa gardens this third week of August, a new (orange) color of coneflower, pink garden phlox and a new flush of roses…
The pink and red coneflowers are still quite striking (although they were a little beat down by the storm we had just before I took their picture) and the yellow pom poms are still brightening up the back of a bed…
This week in my clients’ gardens I took some pictures of some awesome containers of annuals. Annuals are always great this time of year to fill in with their pops of color. The shades of purple in the last ones really caught my eye…
Here are the newest perennial blooms in my own zone 4 to 5 gardens this second week of August;
This ornamental grass is my favourite although it is only an annual here in zone 4 or 5. It makes a beautiful centerpiece for a container or it can be planted right in the garden!
Still strutting their stuff, these perennials are still looking great:
On their way out (unfortunately) are my gorgeous lilies. They will return bigger and better than ever next year though! Every client I have planted some of these lily treesfor have commented on how spectacular they are, well worth the price.
I hope you are enjoying these weekly walks through my gardens…
This gardening season I took my camera outside often to capture my gardens in color; the following pictures are categorized by the bloom time of the plants. Most are perennials that return each year, a few are annuals that I plant to fill in the bare spots…
Most of the color in my garden in May comes from bulbs:
with a few perennials adding some early color:
The color in May is rounded out by the beautiful, sweet-smelling blossoms on my apple and plum trees:
June brings more color from more perennials:
as well as from shrubs, bushes and an ornamental tree:
The lush greenery in June provides a beautiful backdrop for blooming plants:
Next comes July with more perennials:
my favorite annuals and bulbs:
and lots of roses:
the beauty of roses is that their bloom time extends well into the fall; some of mine are still blooming the end of October!
August brings more color in the form of additional perennials:
Still in bloom in August are all the roses above, as well as the russian, purple and pink sages, tickseed, cleome, clematis and daylilies.
With September comes the addition of silver lace vine, purple aster, ornamental grasses, and autumn sedum to all of the above plants that are still in bloom;
It is currently the end of October, and many of the above plants are still going strong, especially the roses, thanks to the beautiful fall weather we have been experiencing here in the Ottawa area.