Summer may be over but you couldn’t tell it by looking at my garden. For all my lack of planning, it’s still blooming happily.
On the cool side, we have Autumn Joy Sedum:
Chrysanthemums (which I divided last year–they did great!), verbena (needs dividing and transplanting BADLY), and butterfly bush (planted last year and filling out nicely this year):
Meanwhile, on the hot side, where there’s less space, we have crazy zinnia action, most all from volunteers, and more mums, also transplants:
And also this silliness, which isn’t exactly aesthetically pleasing but I’m hoping to end up with four nice decorative gourds, grown accidentally:
For next year, I’m planning to continue to expand the cool side out into the yard (till there’s no yard left, eventually). I absolutely have to move some things. I always plant everything way too close together, for one thing. Then some things have just gotten big–the salvia, for example–or are not the right height for their current location–that would be the verbena, which needs to be at the front so it has room for all its crazy spreading action.
There’s no room to add anything on the hot side except in the shadiest part where things keep dying anyway. So I’m going to come across the walkway and put some matching flowers there, because the volunteer zinnias and marigolds have already let me know that’s what they want to do!
Finally, I took advantage of the wet weather and softened soil yesterday to start planting these:
Lorelei and I planted 15 crocuses throughout the yard for naturalizing. I’ll add to that each year. We planted 25 wood hyacinths on the cool side, randomly but near things that won’t be blooming yet when they are. And we made a start on planting 40 daffodils on a difficult-to-mow hillside which I would like to eventually cover with daffodils and wildflowers. I had to stop after the first three because 1) It’s hard to do anything while kneeling on a wet grassy hill and 2) My yard consists of red clay mixed with gravel and it is just exhausting to dig in. But we will persevere and see the rewards in the spring.