This is about the time of year where I start to think the gardens look messy. I realize that is just me being a harsh critic, but summer is almost over and there is some work to be done to prepare for fall.
Bee Balm is done flowering and starting to suffer from powdery mildew. Echinacea is fading fast and falling over. The Butterfly Weed seed heads have broken open and look unkempt. Balloon Flower is almost done flowering and spilling over onto the walkway despite my attempts at staking. Joe Pye is still doing great, but some browsing deer decided to snack on some of the foliage (I did not spray deer repellent on these this year and probably should have! Haven’t needed to spray them before. Ugh.)
Since I’ll be home this weekend, I plan to spend some time in the beds cutting a few plants to neaten up the garden before fall colors emerge. As we tour the garden this week, I’ll talk about what I will and will not cut back and why.
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The front entry garden’s summer show is starting to wind down. As we inch closer to fall, the summer hues are fading and the muted blooms help the garden transition to fall color. While this garden still looks pretty, it is starting to look a little messy to me.
Now that fall is approaching, I love how the mailbox garden looks. I am really happy that I planted purple and yellow annuals in this bed. They are going to look so good in the fall border until that first frost.
The Well Garden is starting to develop that fall vibe. The Zebra Grass is full grown and adds movement to the garden. And I love the color and texture it adds with the stripes on the grassy foliage!
The yellow and peachy orange annuals that I planted in spring are looking great with my Phlox, Coreopsis and Sedum. It’s starting to look like fall!
The woodland garden on the side of my house is starting to look fall-ish. Joe Pye Weed is in full bloom, the Cranesbill foliage is starting to change color and my Oak Leaf Hydrangea is just starting to bloom! Have I mentioned how much I love that shrub yet?
I really love my backyard this year. The borders look incredible and it’s so nice to sit in the different outdoor spaces with a different view of the gardens!
It’s beginning to look like fall in the backyard! The combination of Hostas, Joe Pye and Plume Poppies are transitioning this garden nicely into fall.
I’m happy to say that my Endless Summer Hydrangea is finally starting to bloom! It is not going to bloom like it has in prior years, but I’ll take what I can get! The New Jersey weather affected the blooms on old wood, so I’m happy to see them blooming on new growth. To learn more about Hydrangea Care and why they refuse to bloom click here and here.
This is my favorite spot to be during the summer. The garden views from the deck are spectacular and the container gardens look so lush right now!
Shed and Fire Pit Garden
The shed and fire pit garden is becoming a another favorite spot. It sits just outside my vegetable garden so while I’m out there watering, weeding and harvesting, I get to walk by this view a few times a day!
To see a video tour of this garden, click here.
What Do You Think?
How is your garden doing this year? Overall, I’m really happy how well my gardens are doing and I love to see how it changes week to week. I learn so much from taking snapshots each week!
What is your favorite garden in these tours? I would love to know – let me know what you think in the comments here. We can also chat about all the garden things on social media. If we aren’t connected already, follow me @bricksnblooms on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram!
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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, you can see them here:
- 1st Week – Bulbs and Early Spring Perennials
- 2nd Week – Cool Season Vegetables and Spring Flowers
- 3rd Week – Growth, Change and Everblooming Design
- 4th Week – Growth and Transition in the Spring Garden
- 5th Week – Container Gardens and Outdoor Living Spaces
- 6th Week – Adding Color with Annuals
- 7th Week – The Importance of a Tidy Border
- 8th Week – How to Create a Hummingbird Garden
- 9th Week – Spring to Summer Transition
- 10th Week – Summer Perennials, Pest and Disease Control
- 11th Week – Summer Gardening and Patriotic Decor
- 12th Week – Caring for Gardens While On Vacation
- 13th Week – How to Create a Butterfly Garden
- 14th Week – Midsummer Flowers
- 15th Week – Summer to Fall Transition in the Garden
Thank you for following along. Happy planting – enjoy your day! xo