End of Summer in Carla’s Garden, Part 2



Today we’re back in Carla Z. Mudry’s garden in Malvern, Pennsylvania, celebrating the blooms of the end of summer.

close up of white azalea flowersAzaleas (Rhododendron hybrids, Zones 6–9) are traditionally a feature of spring gardens, but new breeding, notable in the Encore series, has created forms that bloom in the spring and then rebloom in late summer, so we get a bit of spring delicacy in the late summer.

close up of large red hibiscus flowersHardy hibiscus like this are hybrids of U.S. native species such as Hibiscus moscheutos (Zones 5–9) and Hibiscus coccineus (Zones 5–9), and they end the summer by producing truly enormous flowers. As with most hibiscus, each individual bloom only lasts one day, but they are produced in great abundance and make a dramatic statement in late summer.

close up of hardy hibiscus with bright pink flowersHardy hibiscus come in a range of colors, from deep red to white and various pinks and bicolors in between.

swallowtail butterfly on an ironweed with bright purple flowersNew York ironweed is a towering native perennial, that, depending on the form and garden conditions, can reach as tall as 6 or 8 feet. The large clusters of small purple flowers are very attractive to many insects, including this beautiful swallowtail butterfly.

close up of small tree with tiny white flowersSeven-sons flower is a small tree that, unlike many trees, doesn’t bloom in spring but rather late summer. The big clusters of white flowers develop into pinkish seed heads that remain attractive a long time.

close up of a butterfly on a seven-sons flowerThough native to Asia, the blooms of seven-sons flower are very attractive to many of our native butterflies and other insects.

close up of black-eyed SusansWhat says summer more than black-eyed Susans? So cheerful and vigorous!

close up of Japanese anemone with light pink flowersAnother classic end-of-summer bloom is Japanese anemone (Anemone hupehensis, Zones 4–8). It thrives in sun or partial shade and brings a great parade of delicate-looking pink flowers on vigorous plants. Some cultivars can spread a little aggressively, so choose small growing selections for small gardens.

close up of plant with bright orange flowersCrocosmia is a genus of bulbs native to South Africa that have brilliant yellow, orange, or red flowers in summer. This looks like it might be the classic cultivar ‘Emily McKenzie’ (Zones 6–9).


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