|Daylily "Bryan Paul"|
Most of my hosta have bloomed, daylilies are winding down, and the foliage of some perennials are turning brown.
We've had unusually cool weather and it may have fooled Mother Nature. It may keep the electric bill lower because we haven't needed air conditioning but I'm not really into 55 degree nights in July. It just seems wrong.
What can a gardener plant to make sure there are blooms into late fall you ask. Or maybe you didn't ask but I'm about to tell you.
Phlox is a dependable fall bit of color - easy and self seeds. Fall asters is another beautiful perennial with the same qualities.
|Daylily "Chicago Apache"|
Smoke bush isn't a late season bloomer but it does put on a show with the tiny stems from the flowers in the dark burgundy shade that resembles "smoke" - go figure.
Purple Beauty Berry Bush puts on a stunning show with the bright lilac berries in the fall.
No garden is complete without a Burning Bush (some areas of the west prohibit) for the beautiful leaves of red and maroon.
|Daylily "Lifting Belle"|
Hibiscus are about ready to put on buds and do so in colors from white, red, pinks and sometimes a blue. Hibiscus, Rose of Sharon, is another easy to care for bush and will start blooming middle August.
Many Hydrangeas start blooming late in the season. My Hydrangea "Limelight" has just started to bloom, "Hydrangea "Endless Summer" is putting on blooms, and Hydrangea "Annabelle" will continue to put on a show until cold weather.
|Daylily "Star Struck"|
If you can find them, it's the perfect time to plant annual bedding plants. They adapt well to the weather, tend to put on a huge burst of blooming and will last until frost. Try not to pinch them back too much (maybe one-third of the plant if you must) because it won't have enough time to put on enough growth to flower.
In a month, we'll be talking about the leaves turning beautiful colors and forget that the flowers have finished. Until then, enjoy these late bloomers and enjoy the days prior to winter. It will come.