Monday, August 15, 2011

What's Blooming: August

It's Garden Bloggers Bloom Day! Here's what's growing and blooming in my garden this month.

It's been a rainy past few days here in western Long Island, but at least I got to photograph a few of my plants while the sun was still shining.

The Black-eyed Susan's have finally bloomed. I just love their cheery yellow with the dark center.

The purple Salvia has really done well in these boxes and their darkness is a nice contrast to the lemon-yellow Zinnias.

Every time I look at these impatiens, I am still in awe that these were from cuttings I made. Look how full and lush they are!

The Morning Glory vines have really taken off and trying to grab hold of anything they can climb on. I love the shade it provides from inside the house and the way it looks from the outside. I planted a mix of seeds, so the flower colors range from a deep purple to pink to a deep blue. So pretty.

The ferns in the shady area of my backyard are also doing well (as you can see from the fertile fronds on the fern below). But even happier is the Tradescantia zebrina creeping along the grass below the container.

The Caladiums look great, although the spotted pink/green ones are competing a bit with the white Impatiens. Still, they look full and lush and add a spot of color under that maple tree.

The pink Begonias I transplanted from a full shade spot are much happier now in this partial shade spot.

Next year I must remind myself to only plant Coleus in this container. I love the foliage color, but it completely choked out the other plants I had planted with it. Frankly, I don't really mind because it looks so healthy, but still...

I've noticed some garden nurseries advertising garden mums already. Much too early for me - I'm hoping my garden continues to look good through the month of September. See you next month!

Many thanks to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for hosting the monthly Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.


  1. A fabulous selection to show off today. I have the same dark purple Salvia and just love it. Your Impatiens are doing so well and so is your lovely pink Begonia. I grow both of these as well. Love that gorgeous fern and those Caladiums. A great GBBD post!

  2. Love your ferns and coleus-so lush looking! The Caladiums are pretty as well. Nice post!

  3. We have some of the same varieties of caladium. This is my first year trying them, and I think I will plant them more often because they have done very well. My favorite of your plants, however, has to be the morning glory...stunningly beautiful!!! Happy GBBD!

  4. Oh wow, things really have filled out beautifully in your garden! Love all the combinations and your blooms are gorgeous. A lovely August show!
    Happy GBBD :)

  5. I just love morning glory, especially yours! What beautiful combinations of plants you have.

  6. I really like that chartreuse coleus - Pow! (Is it sun-tolerant, I wonder?) And your morning glories are precious. Happy GBBD!

  7. Dear Kate, I'v just fallen in love with that dark Salvia. That contrast is thrilling! Is there a late flowering Dianthus barbatus next to them? Eszter

  8. Thank you for all the comments! The Morning Glory is really spectacular now.

    Caroline - the Coleus does best in part shade/full shade. Too much sun and it burns out.

    Eszter - I honestly don't know what kind of Dianthus that is - it was from a seed of "wild flowers" and it just started blooming a few weeks ago!

  9. Dear Kate, I'v just fallen in love with that dark Salvia. That contrast is thrilling! Is there a late flowering Dianthus barbatus next to them? Eszter

  10. That pink looks beautiful anyway!

  11. Beautiful post...I'm in love with your Morning very lovely!

  12. Fr.M'sia.Love your flowers!


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