Looking for late summer colours?
While coneflowers and rudbeckias get a lot of attention in the late summer garden, there are so many wonderful trees, shrubs, perennials, and grasses that deserve recognition. Some offer blooms, but others have unique berries, foliage, forms, or even seedheads.
Cathy Oulton, the owner of Bloom Greenhouse and Garden Centre in Hammonds Plains says the late summer and autumn garden can be very colourful with the right plants.
“I’m a big fan of crocosmia, which offers bold, tropical-like flowers in the late summer garden,” she says, adding that this long-flowering perennial is also very attractive to hummingbirds. Depending on the cultivar, you’ll find crocosmia with bright red, scarlet or orange flowers. Plant in full sun and dig in some compost as it likes plenty of organic matter.
Another great choice for August and September is Russian sage.
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