Posted on: August 18, 2015 | Written By: Doug Oster |
It was wonderful to wake up to a garden revived by an early morning summer rain.
Spring might be be my favorite season for flowers, but the end of summer can be sweet too. These plants can take hot, dry weather and enjoy the rain when they can get it.
I inherited lots of phlox when I moved into my current home. There’s lots of the old-fashioned purple flowers, but my favorite has creamy white petals with rose pink center that I just love. It really stands out in the garden, bees, butterflies and other pollinators enjoy it even more than me.
I found a moonflower vine in a four inch pot at Hahn Nursery that they were almost giving away. I’d always wanted to grow the annual, but never got around to it. The plant forms beautiful coiled buds which open in the afternoon. I don’t know which is more beautiful, the buds or pure white flowers. The fragrance is sweet and hangs in the summer air.
Another great late blooming perennial is ligularia ‘Britt Marie Crawford.’ I’ve been growing it since it was released a decade ago and it’s a real winner. The plant has bronze and purple foliage followed by orange/yellow daisy like flowers. It’s an indestructible shade lover that should outlive the gardener.
Jewelweed is actually a type of wild impatiens and I always leave a few around because I think they are beautiful but also great for pollinators.
Dahlias grow from tubers under the ground which can be saved from year to year, but are frost sensitive. They are in full glory this time of the year and will continue to bloom all the way through September or beyond, depending on the weather.
Doug Oster is manager and editor of Everybody Gardens with a passion for gardening and a love of sharing is experiences with other gardeners. You will also find Doug’s gardening contributions in the Tribune-Review each week. He’s an Emmy Award winning producer, television host and writer. Oster is co-host of The Organic Gardeners Radio show every Sunday morning at 7 a.m. on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. Oster’s Outstanding Documentary Emmy was awarded for Gardens of Pennsylvania, a one hour special he conceived and produced for the PBS affiliate WQED. Doug appears every Thursday morning on KDKA-TV’s Pittsburgh Today live at 9 a.m. “Gardening is fun, he says, enjoy every day spent outside tending vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees.”