Saturday, September 12, 2009

Early fall changes...

There are starting to be noticable changes around the garden now that we're well into September. This late blooming Spirea is producing it's last bloom, and the leaves are starting to turn a beautiful shade of red. I don't know which variety this is, but would love to find out.

Here are a few berries on the Cotoneaster hedge. I look forward to the beautiful fall colour the leaves will change to.

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' is starting to open, it's so slow to come up in the spring/summer that you almost forget it's there, the fall is when it really makes itself known. It is shown with a Blue Arrow Juniper, and a My Monet Weigela.

The mountain garlic (Allium senescens) is still blooming well, and the round, purple flowerheads are fun & very long lasting.

I recently added a few Lambs Ears (Stachys byzantina) I know they can be somewhat invasive, but I really like the contrast of their silver grey foliage and how irresistably soft they are to the touch.

This is the variety 'fuzzy wuzzy', as seen in the shade.

In the foreground is Campanula Portenschlagiana 'get mee', I had gone to the grocery store for a few items, and my bellflower radar went off. It was being sold as a houseplant, but I took it home and planted it right away. Behind it (from front to back) are Sweet William, Michaelmas & Painted Daisies.

Have you noticed any fall changes in your garden?


  1. My garden is in Owen Sound, which is a small town on Georgian Bay. The leaves have started to turn over the last two weeks. I love alliums, I don't know why I haven't tried allium senescens. I will have to look for some.
    And the weigela is beautiful, I have a weakness for variegated foliage.

  2. Hi Deborah,
    Thanks so much for stopping by. This is my first allium, and until now, I didn't understand what the allure was. Now I know, and may add some larger ones at some point in the future.

    I also have a weakness for variegated foliage, I find it so interesting and lovely, I dedicated a whole blog post to variegation in August. I also adore purple foliage, not that there's anything wrong with green.

    I bought the weigela after bloom time, (along with a dark horse weigela, couldn't decide between variegated & dark purple). I'm really looking forward to the fuschia trumpet shaped flowers next year. I think they will really bring out the pink highlighting along the edges of these leaves. :)

  3. Lovely pictures. I think the turtle ornament is a nice touch!

  4. Hi CV, Thanks for stopping by. I really like my frog & turtle too, and unlike most other things, they aren't seasonal! :)