Cupid's Dart (Catananche caerulea) is a great late summer bloomer. Every single year I forget to stake it up and it lays on the edge of the driveway. I love the color of the flowers.
The Rudbeckias seem to have bloomed overnight.
This Phlox has just gone crazy this year. I didn't realize how much it could spread.
A Daylily from behind the pond.
One of my favorites are Tiger Lilies!
Clematis 'Ville de Lyon' is one of my favorite and most easy Clematises to grow. This one and 'Jackmanii superba', 'Alionushka' and 'Etoille Violette' are always the most prolific bloomers and lush looking Clematises in my garden.
Fuchsia magellanica by the pond has started spreading and I had to cut it back quite a bit, it was taking over everything.
Oakleaf Hydrangea 'Snow Queen' does very well in dry shade.
Water lily 'Sioux' has been light on flowers this year.
'Stargazer' lilies are perfuming the whole front yard.
Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy' is new this summer.
Some of the front garden. We've had more butterflies than usual this year, which still isn't that many compared to other parts of the country, but it's so relaxing to watch to them float through the garden. Just sitting outside today there were 3 types of butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies (which were landing on our dog Gracie), hummingbirds and lots of bees of all types. Seeing them makes me realize I'm doing something right in the garden.
I'm still picking Sweet Pea blooms which has been a nice make up for our cool summer. Right now the Sweet Peas, Lilies and Butterfly Bush have the whole front garden smelling so sweet.
Be sure to visit Tootsie to see what she and other gardeners are sharing from their gardens today.All words and photos in this post are property of A Gardener in Progress.