I am really trying to join Diana of Elephant’s Eye in choosing twelve months of my favorite garden plants. Since when does a month go by so fast? Not just one, but three and here it is Fall already. I expect our first frost any night. I think my garden shines in Fall and it is one of my favorite times to be in it. It could be that I have some excellent Fall plants that glow in the cooler days, dewy mornings and chilly nights. So, it would be some of these plants that I would choose for the following months.
August — Joe Pye Weeds. Nothing attracts butterflies and other pollinators like the Joe Pye. They are bold, tall, stately and beautiful in the garden. My Eupatorium Gateway looms over an impressive 6′. Its nodding billow of pink blooms are 8-10″ across, maybe even larger! In August, it is its showiest but its spent blooms, turning a rustic brown, last well into fall. Eupatorium Rugosum or Chocolate Joe Pye blooms later in September, even into October. Its white heads of flowers light up against its dark, chocolatey foliage.
|Joe Pye Gateway|
|Eupatorium Rugosum Chocolate|
|A drift of Black-eyed Susans with Joe-Pye in the Bird & Butterfly Garden|
|Woods Pink, Aster Dumosus|
|An Aster we came upon in a recent hike.
Possibly Aster drummondii (Drummond’s Aster) or Aster saggitifolius (Arrow-leaved Aster).