Last updated on December 2nd, 2011
It’s early autumn, and my garden looks it, too. Still, a number of troopers (like the chrysanthemums above) continue to sing beautiful solos amid a choir of fading perennials and aging annuals. Follow me, and I’ll give you a closer look at these stalwart plants that dare the garden to die:
Cranesbill geranium ‘Roseanne’
The ‘Fairy’ rose welcomes autumn with a fine — and final — flush of flowers
Beautiful blossoms in spring, and edible, ripening fruit in autumn…these are the two reasons I love Flowering Quince.
Here, autumn clematis perfumes the air as it climbs a fence
Who likes Buddlejah davidii best — me, the butterflies, or the bumblebees? I think it’s a toss-up.
Non-trailing petunias, as fresh in autumn as they were in July
Malus ‘Sargeant’ provides fruit for my feathered friends
These common zonal geraniums, Pelargonium ‘Puritan,’ truly dare the garden to die! They will continue to bloom until daytime temperatures dip below 40 degrees.
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