What’s blooming in your garden right now? My Dahlias, Black-eyed Susans and Sedum Autumn Joy are the stars of the show these days. Come take a late summer garden tour with me to see what’s happening in my PNW garden.
I’m holding onto summer just as long as I can. As much as I love a good pumpkin spiced latte or a cozy plaid throw, I love my flower garden even more. It’s hard to think that this view will be a thing of the past in just another month or so.
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The dahlias are thriving this time of year, and will be one of the last flowers standing in October. I usually cut them down after the first frost, or after a strong heavy rain, whichever comes first.
Many of you have asked if I pull my dahlias and store them during the winter. I did dig them out of the ground one year, but it was a lot of work. Because the winters in the PNW are so mild, I’ve decided to keep them right where they are. I do add a 3-inch layer of mulch or mowed up leaves on top of the plant for protection through the winter. In April, I will dig them up and split them for the season.
Late Summer Sunflowers
Seriously, who doesn’t love a sunflower? They are the queen of all late summer flowers. I’ve always dreamt of growing a field of these beauties. Unfortunately, I failed badly this season. I planted 30 sunflowers seeds, and had only one come up. I don’t have a clue as to what I could have done wrong. Any thoughts? So I went and did the next best thing…I went to the local nursery and bought two seed starts for 50% off! This is one of them.
My containers are still looking good. I am in love with this whiskey barrel we found several months ago at a local flea market. I need to find more of these!
October is when I transplant all the geraniums that are now planted in containers and window boxes, to individual 4X4″ pots. They will overwinter in the greenhouse. Then in the spring I will start new plants from cuttings. This process saves me hundreds of $$$ a year!
Dividing Your Perennials
The black-eyed Susans are the late summer flower that gives my garden the pop of color it needs in August and September. I divide my plants every fall so they don’t get too overgrown. I have a list of neighbors and friends in line waiting to get the extra plants I split. That’s what someone did for me. They gave me one plant, and the rest is history!
Sedum Autumn Joy
This is a plant that I have fallen more in love with year after year. It has succulent leaves that remind me of a jade plant. Clusters of tiny pink flowers appear in September to October, gradually turning to a deep rust color. These are a great plant to divide in the spring.
Cosmos are one of my favorite summer flowers. You really can’t go wrong with these beauties. They come in a variety of colors and add such a pop to the garden. These gorgeous flowers are one of the first to bloom, and the last to stick around. The more you cut, the more they bloom. Love that!
My first pumpkin! I just hope there will be more to come!
Ordering Spring Bulbs and Seeds for Fall Sowing
I’ll be placing my spring bulb order next week. In the past, I’ve ordered my tulip and daffodil bulbs from Floret Flowers, but sadly, they won’t be offering them this year. The good news is they did provide recommendations of other companies that sell bulbs. However, Floret Flowers will be offering limited quantities of ranunculus, anemones and some hardy annual seeds for fall sowing.
Thanks so much for being here on my late summer garden tour in the PNW. I appreciate you following along. It’s always so fun for me to share my garden.
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