White and to my surprise, dusty pink to mauve flowers are dominating the garden now. I didn’t plan it this way, but some of the perennials like Phlox David have grown so huge they are threatening to choke are choking out their nearby less aggressive neighbors. The color white works best for me in an all white garden or moon garden – see Echinacea and Nicotiana photograph. White is a difficult transition color and can often be jarring. Here it is against the copper leaf of the Ninebark. Clearly, I have my work cut out for me editing some of this over kill.
Each fall I pull out the 3 varieties of goldenrod from around the un mown buffer border of my pond and now white flowering Boneset has taken up this real estate and is really making a statement. The Moon Garden always looks best in late summer, probably because the majority of the late perennials are white and the nicotians are really prolific this year. The white flowering plants are Phlox David, Limelight hydrangea have turned white, Echinacea White Swan and Coconut lime, (Astantia major-now invasive), Nicotiana sylvestris, Actaea racemosa, and A. simplex atropurpurea, (Lysimachia clethroides-invasive) and hydrangea paniculata.
The dusty pink to mauve colored flowering plants include Joe Pye weed, Monarda Grand parade, the biannual Angelica gigas, Thalictrum Lavender mist, common phlox, and New York state asters. The intense color in the fields right now is chrome yellow from the three types of golden rod. Boneset-white, asters- (blue, lavender and white) and a few stands of Joe Pye weed (mauve color) and many seed heads of the native grasses that have turned tan make up the back drop. There is still so much in bloom.. The hips of the Rugosa rose are looking terrific. The fruit of the crabapples and viburnums have yet to turn bright red.