|Welcome to My August 2019 Garden|
Welcome to my August Long Island garden! I am glad you could join me, and do come by often. As the month of August has set in with temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s with humidity and occasional thunderstorms, the garden is going through its fourth round of blooms. For Bloom Day the temperatures have cooled into the lower 80’s and it is very pleasant in the garden. Come along with me to see what is blooming for the later part of summer. The dragonflies are out and abundant. You may even get to see some!
|Echinacea Pow Wow Wild Berry|
As we start the tour, one of the most prominent of blooms during the month of August are those of Echinacea. Here is Echinacea Pow Wow ‘Wild Berry’ in the front garden along the street.
|Rozanne Geranium (Cranesbill)|
New to the front island bed this summer is perennial geranium, Geranium ‘Rozanne’ with its ongoing blooms from late spring into mid-fall. I always wanted some of this long-blooming perennial for my garden, and having to do some re-vamping of the front berm allotted me the needed space to put them. They seem to love the location with the perfect combination of morning shade and afternoon sun.
|Backyard Island Bed|
Now, moving along to the back garden, here is Hinoki Cypress ‘Compacta’, Mugo Pine, Palace Purple Coral Bells and a combination of annuals Amethyst Verbena and Raspberry Rush Petunia on the edge of the island berm. It’s funny that I was never much of a fan of annuals, but Proven Winners has me hooked with this welcomed dash of color in late summer!
|Back Pool Garden with Weeping White Pine and Astilbe|
The Weeping White Pine in the back pool garden gets more majestic with each passing year and Astilbe ‘Sprite’ blooms beneath it during late summertime.
|Backyard Pool Garden with Stargazer Lilly and Weeping Norway Spruce|
During early August, the Asiatic Lilies are in bloom! This one is the well-known ‘Stargazer’ Lily with its combination of vibrant colors and deep fragrance. You can get a detection of its perfumed aroma with the slightest breeze. Their blooms arrived a little earlier this summer and are finished now, but since the tour is virtual, they certainly needed to be seen!
|Perennial Border August|
Watching the perennial border change throughout the seasons is a favorite pastime. There is quite a bit blooming during August, including the blooms of Stachys (Lamb’s Ear), Echinacea (Coneflower) and Hemerocallis (Daylily).
|Patio Surround Perennial Border|
Follow me around to the patio side where you can get a long-view of the garden.
|Playtcodon (Balloon Flower) along patio garden|
Here is the infamous Platycodon grandiflorus ‘komachi’ Balloon Flower. This variety does not open up like the others, but remains as a true balloon. As you may have read in previous years, guests love to pop the blooms once they dry out. It’s makes a similar sound as popping bubble wrap, which you may have done as a child, or adult!
|Driveway Border with Coreopsis, Nepeta and Echinacea Blooming|
Now that we’ve passed by the Balloon Flowers, lets take a quick detour to the front to the driveway border. Here are Weigela ‘Spilled Wine’, Coreopsis ‘Zagreb’, Nepeta ‘Walkers Low’ and more Echinacea, this time being ‘Cheyenne Spirit’. The low lying evergreen is Japanese Garden Juniper.
|Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit|
The Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ changes a little bit each year. This summer the brighter oranges and pinks seem to be more prominent.
|Skylands Oriental Spruce in Back Border|
Back around to the western portion of the property is the newest Skylands Oriental Spruce, which has grown several feet since last year. It seems to like its new home.
|Endless Summer Hydrangea Twist & Shout|
The Hydrangeas are having a good year as well. Here is a lacecap form of Endless Summer Hydrangea known as ‘Twist & Shout’, with a combination of blue and pink blooms.
|Rudbeckia (Dwarf Variety)|
Here is Rudbeckia, ‘Little Goldstar’, a dwarf variety of Black Eyed Susan, which is more compact and clump forming. It resides in the back border beneath the Kousa Dogwood, which you saw blooming back in the spring.
|Sedum Sunsparkler Lime Twister|
New to the poolside border is Sedum Sunsparkler Lime Twister. I love the foliage on it and it also gets pink flowers late summer into early fall. I am looking forward to seeing the blooms!
|Stargazer Asiatic Lillium|
I wait all summer for these Stargazer Lilies to bloom, so we need to take in another view, this time up close! I cannot get enough of them! Let’s venture to the back of the pool area. Oh my…a visitor!
I have always had a fascination with dragonflies and even dedicated an entire chapter to them in my latest book, Dream, Garden, Grow! They are so prehistoric looking and yet so beautiful. They are known throughout garden folklore and hold various meanings to different cultures.
This one loves to hang out by the Rhododendron and will stay for several minutes.
|Dried Allium Flower|
A garden possesses much beauty and sometimes it can be as simple as a dried Allium flower once it has expired. I leave them as interest until they can no longer stand up in the wind. I like to think they add a certain artistic touch.
|Variegated Boxwood in Shade Garden|
As we come to the end of the tour, here is a perfectly rounded Variegated Boxwood that my husband brought attention to just the other day. I never do anything to maintain it and just take its presence for granted. I now have a new appreciation for the big Boxwood ball, seeing it through my husband’s eyes!
|Variegated Boxwood Another View|
Here it is from another view! You can get an idea of its size.
|(Lagerstroemia) Crape Myrtle ‘Sioux’|
It wouldn’t be August without the blooms of Crape Myrtle ‘Sioux’, so here they are. The blooms started at the end of July and go through September, one of the many joys of late summer in the garden.
|Crape Myrtle ‘Sioux’|
Another late summer joy are the blooms of ‘Tardivia’ Hydrangea. Fragrant elongated while panicle flowers cover this large shrub in early to late August.
|2019 August Long Island Garden|
Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoyed the tour of my August garden! Special thanks go out to our hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who makes it possible to see blooms on the 15th of every month with her meme Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Also, special thanks to Pam Penick at Digging who has hosted Foliage Follow-Up for all these years, a meme I will still continue to honor. I am also linking with some other wonderful hosts and hostesses at Floral Friday Fotos, Macro Monday 2, Mosaic Monday at Letting Go of the Bay Leaf, Nature Notes at Rambling Woods, Dishing It & Digging It on Sunday with Angie the Freckled Rose, Image-in-ing weekly photo share every Tuesday with NC Sue and Gardens Galore Link Up Party every other Monday with Everyday Living. I am also happy to join the Homestead Blog Hop and Weekly Photo Link-Up at My Corner of the World on Wednesdays.
For more gardening tips and design inspiration along with horticultural musings, you may be interested in my books. You can click on the author page or visit each book individually to find out more about each one.😊
Dream, Garden, Grow!-Musings of a Lifetime Gardener
As Always…Happy Gardening!
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