The Violet Fern

A Colorful Tale of a Garden in the Making

What’s Blooming


August’s colors in the butterfly garden include coneflowers, black-eyed susans and false aster ‘Jim Crockett.’

False aster ‘Jim Crockett.’

Purple coneflowers.

This year the joe-pye weed has reached towering heights in the butterfly border.

Butterfly bush ‘Black Knight’ is also in bloom. Its deep purple wands stand out against the yellow verbascum spikes.

Globe thistle, echinops ritro, ready to burst into bloom.

Perennial sunflower helianthus microcephalus. The bees seem to enjoy this more than the butterflies.

The border along the drive is full of autumn color. Oxeye ‘Summer Nights’ against ninebark ‘Coppertina.’

California poppies pop against ajuga.

Sneezeweed, helenium autumnale.

Rudbeckia maxima. I planted three of these in spring. One has decided to bloom already. Mature, these will reach a height of 5 to 7 feet. The seed cones can be 4 to 6 inches tall.

This cutleaf coneflower was planted among the sunflowers in the border along the potager. I bought it at a local plant sale and it was labeled as a perennial sunflower.

The seeds planted in the pollinator garden along the potager are now fully grown and in bloom.

Zinnia and rose mallow.

The monarchs seem to prefer the joe-pye weed and swamp milkweed.

Bloom Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens the 15th of each month. Visit Carol’s blog and if you’d like, add your blog to the list so we can visit your blog blooms.


Author: Kathy Sturr

Cultivating art, growing soul, and creating plant-based food in the beautiful 1000 Islands, New York and Cedar Key, Old Florida.

9 thoughts on “What’s Blooming

  1. I love all your late summer blooms. -Jean

  2. I love all things daisy and cone flower-like so I love your blooms! Gorgeous!!! So cheerful and colorful! Your butterflies approve as well!

  3. I want/need some Joe Pye-Weed in my garden. Thanks for joining in for bloom day!

  4. Oxeye and cutleaf coneflower are a must on my list. Lovely blooms and butterflies!

  5. Your perennial sunflowers are beautiful! Are they very tall? I wonder how well they would do in a cool Irish climate?

  6. I have a Joe Pye Weed which is just about to open its flowers for the first time, I hope the UK butterflies like it as much as yours do

  7. What a beautiful, butterfly-friendly garden! Love the coneflowers and pink zinnias and mallow.

  8. aloha,you have some beautiful blooms you are sharing with us today, all the colors are beautiful. love the macros of your coneflowers at lower/eye level, it just makes them pop!

  9. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. The perennial sunflowers are over 5 feet. They are hardy to -30°F. It took the joe-pye a couple of seasons to really take off, but it is well worth the wait. The zinnias and mallows are annuals but reseed themselves. I don't have a super duper camera (yet – on the rather long wish list), and really appreciate that you appreciate my photo Noel!

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