Carol Mumford saw the post in which I shared some of my favorite plants from the previous year (check it out here), and she decided to share some of her own. (I hope you will too!)
I enjoyed seeing some of your favorite garden plants today. I’ll have to grow the moon flower once again. It certainly beats the heavenly blue morning glory that takes forever to bloom here in Connecticut.
We had our killer frost last weekend, so there is much to do for cleanup. I’m sending you photos of plants that bloom late in the growing season and were quite impressive this year, probably due to the rains we had all season.
Pollinators just love hardy mums (Chrysanthemum), and they bloom for a very long time.
Monkshood (Aconitum carmichaelii, Zones 3–7) is such a late bloomer that it sometimes doesn’t make it before frost.
Angel trumpet (Brugmansia, Zones 8–11) displays its last hurrah. I have several, both in pots and in the ground. The pots get stored in the basement for the winter. I take cuttings from those in the ground and keep them in water in the basement. I like this plant as a tree rather than a shrub, so I prune and select cuttings accordingly.
Another view of angel trumpet
No matter how hard I prune these two Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pink Diamond’ (Zones 3–8) back, they reach 6 to 7 feet every year.
My Fothergilla (Zones 4–8) put on a spectacular display this year.
Pineapple sage (Salvia elegans, Zones 8–10 or as annual) is another annual that sometimes does not make its bloom time before frost. It surely was different this year!
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