Sunday, September 26, 2010

Early Autumn Perennials in the Jarvis House Garden

Physostegia virginiana, or the Obedient Plant,  is a tall purple perennial that is easy to grow and easy to pull out when it outgrows its space.  The plant did well, although Long Island experienced a drought this summer.
Originally I received this plant from a relative in Virginia.  It can grow as pictured in a clump, or singularly behind other plants.
Another drought tolerant plant is the Everlasting Plant or  Sedum.  This variety is a lovely lavender.  
These are the usual rose colored blooms of the taller and more common variety.
The perennial Ageratum came through well although it was droopy from lack of rain during the Summer.
The Ageratum is an easy transplant, and spreads moderately, and is one of the most reliable perennials which partners well with yellow plants such as
the Marigold.  This variety was growing the garden at my bank, last year.  I asked the manager if I could pick some the seed pods which were dried and ugly.
 I kept the seeds over the winter and planted them in potting mixture and grew seedlings this Spring.  Later I transplanted them into the boarder of the driveway garden.  This variety is compact with large super yellow blooms that flower all late Summer into late Fall.
Blooming behind the Marigolds and Ageratum is the Yellow Butterfly Bush Buddleja or Buddleia.  The hot and dry summer brought out the best in this shrub.
An old fashioned Phlox continues to send out blossoms.
The Knock Out Rose produces many new flowers if old blooms are removed.  It is an amazing shrub and well worth the care.
In the raised boarder of the large barn, the Veronica continues to flower.  I went out and purchased four more and planted them in other areas if the boarder.
The Catmint,Nepeta,  became leggy, so I trimmed it with scissors and it cam back beautifully.
The formerly blue Hydrangeas are now a bronze color.
A fuzzy grass variety is turning a sort of purple too.
 This is another unidentified late blooming shrub that I probably got on sale a few years ago.  It resembles the Butterfly bush but,
it is much smaller, and has a different bloom.
This  Pyracantha shrub did well and produced masses of orange berries which I hope the winter birds will find.
The Loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria,  waves in the breeze.
 The berries on my Purple Berry Bush, or  Callicarpa, or Beauty Berry bush have turned a lovely shiny purple,
while the berries on the Pyracantha are becoming a brilliant orange.
The front door is decorated with an Autumn silk wreath and the pots support several Chrysanthemums.  I will plant these later hoping to see them next Fall, but usually they are simply treated as annuals.



Lovely. I have never seen a yellow butterfly bush!
If I had a garden again I would like one of those...

Elizabeth said...

Looking good, Lori!

Pieces of Dreams said...

Hi Lori!

Everything looks so beautiful and the front door and mum display look so inviting...I just want to step right in!

So sorry I couldn't connect with you this time in New York. When I say I didn't have a moment, I really mean I didn't have a moment! Wayne's Mom is in so much pain and there was so much to do with her care and cleaning/reorganizing the house. I wanted to have a little tea party for her, but not this time. We will be back in October! Hope I can see you then! Happy Fall! Karen