Last Bow

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.

Sunflowers last bow!

Sunflowers last bow!

Phlox David dominating the garden in August

Phlox David dominating the garden in August: photo David Turan

Echinacea White Swan and Nicotiana work best in the white garden

Echinacea White Swan and Nicotiana work best in the white garden

White flowers phlox is jarring against the copper leaf of ninebark

White flowers phlox is jarring against the copper leaf of ninebark. photo David Turan

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 whites predominate in the August landscape

White flowers predominate in the August landscape. photo David Turan

Boneset predominates around pond

Boneset predominates around pond

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.

Joe Pye weed & Actea James Crompton clash with white phlox

Joe Pye weed & Actea James Crompton, and Monarda  clash with white phlox.photo David Turan

Thalictrum Lavender Mist -one of the pinks

Thalictrum Lavender Mist -one of the pinks. photo David Turan

Angelica Gigas

Angelica Gigas

Hips of Rosa Rogusa have turned bright red

Hips of Rosa Rogusa have turned bright red. photo David Turan

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2 Responses to Last Bow

  1. CINDY says:

    Beautiful! And, always great to have not ‘planned’ for certain happenings in a garden. I have to say that building my berm is equal to your surprise discoveries! Wildflowers swaying in fall breezes here in Montana, loving surprise rains and yellow light.

  2. Sonia says:

    Wow – these are great pictures – especially the Boneset predominates around pond- love the reflections.

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