Late Summer Blooms 9.21.18

Willowwood’s annuals are still putting on a show for the finale of the growing season!
If you need some cheery colors to brighten your day, you can visit the Rosarie to see the Cosmos sulphureus. These bright naturalizing annuals put on a gorgeous display of bright oranges and yellows. The cottage garden also has some late-season yellow blooms. The Senna alata have bright yellow candlestick shaped flowers. These plants are hard to miss at nearly eight feet tall but be sure to look up through the foliage to admire the fresh blooms!
Our cannas are also still blooming throughout the gardens. One striking specimen this Canna ‘Red Futurity’ near the propagation greenhouse. It has brilliant red blossoms that are quite eye-catching. Keep an eye out as you walk around the property for these colorful blossoms before we store them away for winter!
Some perennials worth looking for in the cottage garden are the Anemones and Asters. Near the wrought iron gate is Anemone hupehensis var. japonica 'Pamina' and along the back of the propagation greenhouse are Anemone hupehensis var. japonica 'Bressingham Glow'. Both varieties feature deep rose pink semi-double flowers that are classic Cottage Garden style. These perennials are long-blooming performers and will likely bloom until frost. While they are not native plants, I did see some bees happily pollinating them! For those who prefer native plants, the Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'Raydon's Favorite' is also in bloom. New England Asters are a great late-season flower for pollinators and ‘Raydon’s Favorite’ is a shorter cultivar that makes a great addition to a home garden.

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Sept. 21, 2018 Bloom Report