This time of year, when the weather begins to get cool at night and the morning brings dew on the grass, I start to think about putting my flower and vegetable gardens to bed for the winter. I often take a cup of tea with me as I walk my yard and garden and look at the things I think I got right this year, and, take notes of the things I want to change next year.
Isn’t that what gardening is . . . a new canvas every spring!! It allows for us to dream in the winter, and, plot and plan what we might do next year!!! Be it in a vegetable garden, flowerbed or a pot or two; gardening is always something to think about when the cold and snow come our way.
I was thinking this morning as I was outside about how the canvas of my flowerbeds change over the summer. And, I seem to think, this time of year gives me the least color. So, my mission over the winter this year is to locate perennials (that is what I plant In my beds) that bloom from August till frost. Right now I have my trusty Phlox and some Mums and Sedum. Well, there is a little Black-eyed Susan still blooming but most are done!
I came up with a progression of my garden canvas and wondered how many of you have the same plants blooming in the same rotation? Following is a listing of the plants – look them over and let me know if you have any different ones that fill your canvas over the summer. I would love suggestions (or plants for that matter, if you have extra when you divide them!!).
I start in April and this list runs in order up until now – and, what I have blooming now will probably last until frost:
Take a walk around your garden this weekend and see how your canvas has changed!