By Kim Charles

Ricinus zanzibarensis

There are some welcome late season surprises in Tim Vojt's Ohio garden.

"My garden gets pretty tired as summer wears on. Annuals help to keep the show going and I do have a few plants that take center stage as the gardening season draws to a close. Some items surprise me by sending out new leaves and growth, like Rising Sun redbud and some of my chinese mayapples. I'm enjoying castor bean plants again this year. This is the first year I've tried Ricinus zanzibarensis. They aren't as big as they could be because I started them late, and you'll see that the one I planted on the property line did not grow fast enough to keep my neighbor's Hosta from frying to a crisp this hot summer. I also put in a short bluestone paver walkway to replace some weedy grass over Labor Day weekend. The grass looked ok, but the clippings got into my gravel garden every time I mowed, so it had to go!"

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Podophyllum difforme

New bluestone pavers

Mangave Kaleidoscope

Lilium formosanum

Gladilolus 'Boone'

Coleus 'Shiny Shoes'

Coleus 'Saturn' & Redhead'

Cercis canadensis ' Rising Sun'

From the back garden...Cyclamen purpurascens "Silver Leaf'

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