As summer is winding down, I am taking stock of the flowers in my yard that are blooming in August. In fall, here in New England the tall phlox are looking lovely. In my yard, dark and light pink blossoms brighten the landscape. I also have creeping phlox which blooms in Spring.
As for perennials, the Hostas are also blooming, the few I have that are growing well. Some of them died due to the cold winter.
Hydrangeas: The Pinky Winky shrub is full of white flowers, which will be turning pink sometime in the future. The white Blushing Bride in the backyard has three big, white blooms, with a small bud just beginning. Out front, the blue Endless Summer has only two small flowers, and one little bud. The blue flowers are fading to light purple. Click the link above to see recent pictures of my hydrangea shrubs.
Black-Eyed Susans are blooming everywhere. They seem to be the brightest yellow flowers in yards right now. I have two small plants, which I tend to forget about until August.
Day Lilies are also still flowering. I have 8 or 10 plants with peach colored flowers along the front. All those plants came from one, single pot of day lilies I bought three years ago. I divided the stalks, planted them, and then divided them again. Lilies should be divided every so often. My yellow Stella d’oro lilies have gone by.
The annuals I plant each spring – Nasturtiums and Impatiens – are looking wonderful in August. This year I planted the seeds from last year’s ‘Alaska’ nasturtium, and ended up with a beautiful and colorful border along the backyard. All that color for free! I love it. Soon I’ll collect the seeds from these, and plant more next spring.
The marigolds are big and full, and still sending out new flowers. Marigolds bloom more if they are dead-headed.
I have a volunteer Queen Annes Lace that is still blooming too. I love these beautiful “weeds” with the big lacy flowers. If they should happen to grow in your yard, I suggest you leave them alone and let them bloom where they grow. Hopefully it will spread so I’ll have more of it next year.
The blue hydrangeas are turning pretty colors as Fall approaches here in New Hampshire. The petals begin to take on a pink, purple, and sometimes green, tint. It’s always fun to see how the flowers will fade.