Undaunted- The Last Flowers Blooming. Goffstown Historical Society Garden.

Above- Salvia “Indigo Spires” and foliage of” Harrington’s Pink” New England Aster.

Little Bluestem “Standing Ovation”

Shrub Hypericum “Blues Festival” and the Prairie Golden Aster.

“Raydon’s Favorite” Aromatic aster

Unknown variety- heirloom hardy chrysanthemum.

Japanese Spurflower

Persicaria “Amethyst Summer”

Early October at the Goffstown Historical Society Gardens

Many nights in the high 30’s and low 40’s, but still no frost. Late bloomers are still colorful, but warm season annuals are fading.

“Bobo” hydrangea
Heart leaved aster and Virginia creeper
Schoolhouse Borders
Asters and Persicaria “Golden Arrow”

The above is the Grass Leaved Goldenrod. It is delicate and pretty, but can spread.

The bonfire colors of French marigolds, and below the African marigold “Crackerjack”. The small French marigolds bloom early and all summer, but the seed raised Africans start blooming so late that next season I will start them under lights.

Above are Aster laevis “Bluebird” and a lone zinnia with a rose-like bloom. “Bluebird” has succulent leaves and is tolerant of sandy dry soil.

I am shocked by how many gardeners I meet label all asters but the showiest of New England asters “weeds”. Goldenrods get the same disrespect. With the growing need for late blooming flowers that feed bees and butterflies, I am astonished at this attitude.

Goldenrods and native asters and their cultivars are tough through heat and drought and deep frozen winters. How ironic that their qualities are obvious to the sophisticated gardeners of the UK and the Continent who love these flowers and use them freely while Americans trash them as worthless roadside weeds.

Aster “Lady in Black”, nicotiana “Mutabilis”, and the Heart leaved asters.

Colors of Autumn

I found this unnamed heuchera at the garden center down the road and brought it home. It has all the apple and maple leaf colors of autumn. It glows from within.

And then, on Etsy, I found Amsonia “Butterscotch”, which flowers powder blue in spring and turns to precious amber in autumn.

Every morning now, the first thing I look up on the internet is the ten day forecast, hoping no night will drift below 40F. We seem safe today, at least through the first of October. There is so much left to bloom.

Ethereal Flowers

This is Caryopteris divartica “Blue Butterflies”, another Japanese edge of the woodland perennial blooming now in my New Boston garden. This plant can become very large, and becomes a die back shrub in our winters, coming back from the roots in spring. It can take half sun. It is also a determined seeder, and little ones pop up all over, so there will be plenty for your friends-

A cosmos in my dry border.

Blooming Today

New England aster “Violetta” . Hybridized in Europe. This came from Digging Dog Nursery in California, ordered on line. This nursery has choice asters, persicarias, ornamental grasses and aconitums.

“Torch” tithonia, the Mexican sunflower. Easily raised from seed planted in June. A fast growing annual. Easy for anyone. The white spires are Persicaria “Alba”.

Above is Patrina scabiousifolia, the Golden Lace Flower- a Japanese plant. Easy to grow. Mine came from Plant Delights Nursery in North Carolina which sells on line.

All the plants above are in the Goffstown Historical Society Gardens.

The following flowers are in my bone dry sand garden in New Boston, watered only twice through this summer’s drought.

Letterman’s ironweed, from Missouri and the lower mid- west. The yellow flower is Solidago rigida, the Rigid Goldenrod, another Midwesterner. These plants can be found online at The Prairie Nursery or the Prairie Moon Nursery. The white spire on the right is the Silver Rod, native to New Hampshire. This plant just showed up- a volunteer.

Above- a closeup of the Rigid Goldenrod. Note the sedum like leaves.

At the Goffstown Historical Society Gardens- September 8, 2022

Gardens don’t need to be abandoned after August. Here is proof in these late flowering borders.

Above- “Candles” canna, zinnias, and “Miss Huff” lantana.

Agastache “Morello”

The native New Hampshire Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa), shown below-

Canna “Pretoria” above, and the Late border in front of the old red schoolhouse below.

The grass in the foreground is “Standing Ovation”, a Little bluestem. Most late blooming perennials are composites, and as beautiful as they are, need the contrast of tender salvias and ornamental grasses to provide contrast and prevent monotony.

A note- “Pretoria” canna- available on line from Horn Cannas. Canna “Candles”, available on line from Karchesky Cannas.