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Late Summer in Sharon’s Garden

Last looks at summer green

small table in the garden set with a vase of pink hydrnageas

Today we’re visiting with Sharon Danovich Lupone in Pittsburgh. We’ve been to her garden before (Sharon’s Pennsylvania Garden, Part 2 and Sharon’s Pennsylvania Garden), and today she’s sharing some views of the garden is it moves into fall.

pink panicle hydrangeas and other various shrubsAs summer winds down, the blooms of the panicle hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata, Zones 3–8) take on rosey hues.

two wooden rocking chairs on a patio in the shadeComfortable chairs invite you to sit and enjoy the garden.

plants next to the front porchA pot of coleus (Coleus scutellarioides, Zones 9–11 or as an annual) gives season-long color next to the front steps. The russet hues of the foliage complement the house perfectly and seem even more appropriate as autumn approaches.

small table in the garden set with a vase of pink hydrnageasHydrangea flowers in a vase and a flowering stem of sedum (Hylotelephium spectabile, Zones 3–9) laid across the plate help to make a beautiful garden table setting.

large hosta under a tree in the gardenThe late summer sun streams through the garden. The hosta leaves are still fresh and green, though soon they will transform to golden yellow.

pink hydrangeas behind a row of hedgesThe neatly trimmed hedge gives a sense of order and formality to the wilder, more informal growth habit of the hydrangeas.

wide view of the backyard gardenA spot to sit in the shade offers a place to look out at the lush green lawns and flowering borders beyond.

container with pink flowers and purple foliageIn this pot full of summer color, the large plant in the back with a white flower is a gardenia (Zones 8–11). Gardenias have some of the most powerfully fragrant blooms of any plant.

close up of red spider lily flowerRed spider lily (Lycoris radiata, Zones 6–10) blooms in late summer, the flowering stems popping up before the leaves emerge a little later. It’s easy to see where these flowers get their common name!


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    simplesue 10/24/2022

    Your garden is one of my favorites, I remember your fabulous water feature from the last time you posted here! I really like the way the trimmed hedge situated with the naturally arranged panicle hydrangeas and other plants- such a nice idea...great garden

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    treasuresmom 10/24/2022

    Love the table setting with the hydrangeas.

  3. cheryl_c 10/25/2022

    I love the coleus at your front steps - what an amazing match for your house color!

  4. btucker9675 10/25/2022

    What a lovely garden - so serene!

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