The air is cool, yet the day is a bright sixty-two degrees. In the southern side garden, sunlight strikes the Perovskia Atriplicifolia and the Pink Muhly Grass, setting them ablaze. The Jackmanii Clematis too captures the sun, while Cosmos and Cleome fill the afternoon shadows.
The southern side path is also home to Tradescantia (Spiderwort), a nostalgic, old-fashioned favorite plant in this garden.
The southern border is filled with Chrysanthemum and Sweet Pea today. The chrysanthemums are expectedly just so close to opening, but it is a surprise to see the pink of the sweet pea at this time of year. There are too many eager growers in this border, all with the same growth habit and all reaching similar heights. Others competing for attention and space here are Salvia ‘Blue Sky,’ Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’ and Tansy. The ‘Blue Point’ Juniper hedge needs sun though and some of these plants must find new homes.
Along the back of the garden, the western border features a Buddleja davidii (butterfly bush) that, having looked rather scraggly all summer, finally produced some lovely blooms. The fragrance is not appealing and this plant can be invasive, so it may not be a permanent presence in the garden.
In the northern border a few Echinacea or Purple Coneflower continue to bloom, even as nearby specimens brown and fade.
Along the northern side of the house, Helleborus is coming back into focus, as is Arum italicum, which died back during the summer. The strongly patterned leaves of the arum and the plant’s unique shape make it interesting even when not in flower.
A final garden observation for today is the lovely Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide.’ There are only a few blooms so far, but the promise is there for a prolific flowering.