The price one pays for this indulgence is that once something flowers it usually self seeds. Before long the garden's original design becomes blurred...
Take a deep breath, pick up your clippers and shear these plants back right now.
I have been reading about a new hydrangea that should be available in our local nurseries next spring. I have already put it on my "must have" list.
Lespedeza is one of the best flowering shrubs for late summer and early fall. It has long arching stems weighed down by large sprays of purple pea flowers.
The genus "Lobelia" is made up of as many different species as there are days in the year.
A native of the Mediterranean region, it resists settling into Midwestern gardens unless we pamper it a bit.
As we walk around our gardens hoping to find that last rose of summer, we are already dreaming of roses yet to come.
And so we snip away with our shears - cutting off what is now brown and dreary - but musing about the flowers of summer.
Hot dry weather is a challenge for gardeners, who long for plants that don’t wilt in high summer.