Autumn has definitely arrived here – leaves on many maples have started to change colour, as have the leaves on dogwoods, such as red osier (Cornus sericea), above, and Pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia):
Foliage of some perennials is also starting to turn, such as these tiger lilies (Cornus sericea):
Some annuals have already faded and have been tossed into the compost pile, while others have never looked better, such as the Lobelia in my back porch sconce. They have been all right all summer, but really started to perk up as the days and nights have grown cooler:
Plants in a couple other containers also continue to impress, such as this sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas) and these Coleus:
I purposefully mowed around this cluster of white asters last year and this year, enjoying how they grow to look, from a distance, like a small shrub. That’s a newly planted lilac on its right – it will soon tower above the flower. Not a tightly packed Heath Aster – something a bit more blowsy that self seeds and spreads via underground runners:
Finally, the changing look of Hylotelephium spectabile (formerly Sedum spectabile). This cultivar with reddish leaves and deep red flowers was vibrant and covered with bees a few weeks ago. Yesterday, covered in a thick morning dew, it’s taking on its winter look.
That’s six things in my garden this week…to see Sixes from around the world, including some springtime flowers from the other hemisphere, take a look at The Propagator’s site. Have a great weekend everyone!