As I mentioned last week, this is about the time when the flower garden starts to look messy to me. Perennials are fading and toppling over. Some are overgrown and spilling onto the walkway. And since it has cooled down enough to do some small tasks in the gardens, I’m ready to get back at it!
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Deadheading and Cutting Back Perennials
I started deadheading spent flowers and cutting back overgrown perennials. While still flowering, the Echinacea, is fading to a soft, beigey-pink and falling over on top of other plants. I cut some of those back and kept the ones that still look pretty good and offer nectar to the pollinators.
At this point, my Catmint is so overgrown that I sheared it back about halfway to uncover the front walkway and garden border. I’m hoping to get another set of blooms before the growing season winds down.
I also cut back some Daylilly foliage that looked really unkempt. Now that it’s cut back, there is room to plant more fall color where I don’t have room.
There are a few other plants I started cleaning up and cutting back to neaten up the gardens’ appearance, but overall, the work is pretty light.
Last Feed for the Roses
My Knockout Roses will get fed one more time before the season ends. One feeding lasts about six weeks, so that should keep them blooming through October. It is important stop feeding them after this last one because we want to encourage them to go dormant in preparation for winter.
The weeds continue to grow and get pulled. It is a lot of work to manage all the beds, but I do what I can when I can. Truth be told, I enjoy sitting out there in the fresh air, listening to some good tunes and pulling weeds. It’s very peaceful and I don’t mind doing it when the temps are not in excess of 80 degrees.
Look for Inspiration for Fall Plants and Flowers
Now that fall is approaching, I will start visiting the nursery to see what’s out and pick up some fall color. It is also a great time to start thinking about adding new perennials, shrubs and/or trees to the gardens. Fall is a great time to plant and nurseries start selling their stock off at a discount in October.
One thing I want to mention…While Chrysanthemums are available for sale right now, it is still too early to plant them. They do not like hot and humid temps. So although it has cooled down a little bit, it will get hot again before it officially cools down for fall. I know stores have them out now but RESIST THE TEMPTATION and wait a few more weeks. They will be much easier to care for and will look better for longer.
While we walk around the gardens this week, I’ll talk about some of the changes I made to prepare for fall plantings.
Come Tour My Gardens
The gardens look so good after cleaning them up! I spent some time deadheading and cutting plants back and they look so much better.
Front Entry Garden
I probably spent the most time in this bed because there was a lot of work to do. While the Echinacea is still flowering, it was falling over and crowding some of the other plants. I could have propped them up with a stake, but opted to cut them back instead. There are a few that are showing signs of putting out more blooms, so I cut those back a little to encourage the flowers.
Overall, I love how this garden looks and can’t wait to tuck in some fall color!
The mailbox garden got a little facelift this week. We replaced the old white mailbox that was falling apart with this pretty oil rubbed bronze one. It looks so much better!
I cut the Daylillies back that flank the Sedum. The foliage was not looking good anymore and I wanted to make some room for some fall plants.
As an aside, I’m really happy that I chose to plant yellow Marigolds, Purple Petunias and Euphorbia annuals in the gardens this year. They not only added spring color, but are doing double duty with fall color as well!
The shining star of the well garden is Caryopteris. In case you are not familiar, it is a very pretty late summer blue-flowering shrub. The bees love it and I love how it looks next to Zebra Grass and Smoketree.
The woodland garden on the side of my house is looking better than it ever has. This used to be the last garden I would get to work in. But now that my kids are getting older, I have a little more time to spend in my gardens again. There are a lot less weeds now!
Oak Leaf Hydrangea’s foliage are starting to turn orange, Cranesbill is getting a yellowish hue, Sumac brightens up the back of the border with its chartreuse foliage and Joe Pye Weed is still doing its thing! I love how this garden coordinates with the backyard border. It looks so pretty!
The backyard gardens look incredible right now. It’s amazing how much these borders have changed over the last few weeks!
The backyard border looks so amazing right now! I love how the Ornamental Grasses grew their fronds, Joe Pye is still flowering, and the Plume Poppies look like a tall ornamental grass. That plant does not disappoint!
I’m also happy to report that my Endless Summer Hydrangea is officially blooming! It has one gorgeous flower head on it now, but there are several others waiting in the wings…yay!
The deck gardens are still looking lush and beautiful. My resident groundhog stopped by a few times but hasn’t done too much damage to the containers since we have been home from vacation.
My houseplants are super happy outside! There has been a lot of growth since they started summering outdoors. They look really good and add life to the deck without spending money on more annuals!
Fire Pit Garden
I am so glad we added this fire pit area in spring. We use it often and it looks so amazing! This corner used to house a bunch of wood debris so this is a welcome change from what it used to look like!
To see the before and after of the fire pit area, click here.
What Do You Think?
How is your garden doing this year? Now that it is starting to cool down, I’m happy to get back out in the garden. With fall approaching, I love to see how the garden is slowing down and changing with the new season.
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Follow My Weekly Garden Tour
I hope you enjoyed this week’s garden tour and appreciate you joining me! If you missed a few tours or want to see how the garden has progressed during the growing season, you can see them here:
- 10 Gorgeous Bulbs and Early Spring Perennial Ideas
- Cool Season Vegetables and Spring Flowers
- Growth, Change and Everblooming Design
- Growth and Transition in the Spring Garden
- Container Gardens and Outdoor Living Spaces
- Adding Color with Annuals
- The Importance of a Tidy Border
- How to Create a Hummingbird Garden
- Spring to Summer Transition
- Summer Perennials, Pest and Disease Control
- Summer Gardening and Patriotic Decor
- Caring for Gardens While On Vacation
- How to Create a Butterfly Garden
- Midsummer Flowers
- Summer to Fall Transition in the Garden
- Tidying Up the Late Summer Flower Garden
- 3 Ways to Prepare the Flower Garden for Fall Plantings (You are here)
- Best Plant for the Fall Garden
- Fall Garden Tip that Will Save You Money
- Easy Fall Garden Maintenance Tip
Thank you for following along. Happy planting – enjoy your day! xo