Wednesday, August 15, 2012

What's Blooming: August 2012

Heat, humidity and thunderstorms -- all part of summer here on Long Island. I'm thankful for my Black Eyed Susans (Rubeckia hirta 'Goldsturm') as they continue to look great, despite all kinds of weather. Today is Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - have a look at what's growing and blooming in my garden this month.

Under the japanese maple, the sedums are almost ready to bloom. A few pink echinaceas still peek through but the real show stoppers are the rubeckias. 

Along the side of the front garden, the purple Angelonia angustifolia 'Dresden blue' is doing beautifully. The lantana in front of the Echinacea magnus is also looking good. 

A perennial lobelia (Lobelia cardinalis 'Queen Victoria') just started to bloom. I just love the deep red colored flowers on erect stems against the deep, dark foliage below. 

The crape myrtle is in full bloom. I've never had one of these before and I love it! I might prune it after its finished blooming to keep it from getting too large. Anyone have any insight on that?
And the panicle hydrangea behind it is lovely, but way too big for the space. Its very overgrown, and will also be getting a nice trim immediately after its finished blooming. 

I love the pink tint on the almost-blooming sedums!

As always, any thanks to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for hosting the monthly Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.