Today we’re visiting with Kathy Witt in Nashville.
I plant, therefore, I photograph! It helps me find joy in the little things. September is a month of transitional warm and cool nights here in Nashville. So before the warm colors of autumn emerge, let’s celebrate the flowers and plants in transition.
This fading beauty is hanging on nestled in my wall planter with big, heart-shaped leaves of pink, white, and green caladiums (Caladium hybrid, Zones 10–11 or as annual or tender bulb). A warm bed of mosses will preserve caladium bulbs until spring, but a cool 47°F morning ushers in the last days at the garden gala for this double impatiens ‘Apple Blossom’ (Impatiens walleriana ‘Apple Blossom’, annual).
Big hearts—caladiums are kindness by the bucketful, thriving anywhere summers are warm.
I love planting caladiums, growing them alongside taro (Colocasia esculenta, Zones 8–10 or as an annual or tender bulb) and coleus, and then allowing them to grow huge into the late summer and early fall.
More coleus with dark leaves contrast to the bright caladiums.
The last of the cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus, annual) blooming as fall arrives.
The blossoms of these sunlit coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–8) are still beautiful even as they fade and begin producing seed, which is beloved by goldfinches and other birds.
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