Jeff Carlton has shared photos from his wonderful Tennessee garden with us several times before. If you’ve missed them, check some of them out here and here. Today’s he’s thinking about the end of the summer.
It has been a very long, hot, wet, and stressful summer, and I am ready for a very long fall—not winter! Some things are still showing color, while others are looking exhausted. Here are a few shots from around the backyard this past weekend. Succulents carry the show this time of year, so I included a couple of shots of those.
Echeveria ‘Topsy Turvy’ (Zones 9–11). We usually think of succulents for their beautiful foliage, but this one is showing that it can put on quite a flower display as well.
An unknown echeveria cultivar showing some more really lovely flowers.
A collection of mixed succulents, looking into what Jeff calls his “weirdo” garden area.
A mixed planting of different cannas. Cannas are always a top choice for color through a long, hot summer. They love the heat and will look terrific provided they get plenty of water.
Ornamental oregano ‘Lizzie’ (Oreganum leavigatum ‘Lizzie’, Zones 6–8) putting on a really spectacular floral display. Ornamental oreganos are usually quite popular with bees and other pollinators, so they’re a great choice for nearly any garden.
A nest of hen-and-chicks (Sempervivum spp., Zones 4–11). While many popular succulents such as echeveria have to come inside for the winter in most climates, hen-and-chicks are very cold tolerant and can live outside all year for the vast majority of gardeners.
‘Scarlet Belle’ pitcher plant (Sarracenia ‘Scarlet Belle’, Zones 5–9) is a carnivorous plant with beautiful leaves that attract both the gardener’s attention and the attention of the many insects that it lures to their deaths.
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