The Patio Late August


Not much is blooming on the patio right now. Even the Black-Eyed Susans are drying up. 

One lantana plant is still putting out blooms.

 
I put the purple gazing ball in the galvanized container with the purple potato vine. The purple on purple appealed to me.


An occasional daisy sprouts up amid the other plants in the container to greet the sun.

 
I'm not sure what this sedum is called, but it's putting out tiny lavender flowers.




The patio critters are still giving Charlie quite the show. The squirrels delight in racing across the top of the fence to aggravate him.

Is your garden lush or is it drying up this last hot week of August?

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  1. happy saturday. things are not looking as fresh and colorful since we have not had any decent rain in a couple of weeks. I can always count on good ole lantana though!

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    1. I just went out and cut back most of the petunias. They looked pretty bad.

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  2. Enjoyed the patio photos. That plant with the little purple flowers looks like it could be Mexican heather (Cuphea hyssopifolia). It isn't really a heather, and I don't think it's a sedum either. But it's pretty. Right now I have a lot of blooms on my Knockout roses and a lot of black-eyed susans. I've never bought lantana since it isn't a perennial here, but I think I need to try it since it sure puts on a good show all summer. I've always wanted a gazing ball, but never think to go look for one. Your purple one looks great with the purple potato vine.

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    1. It isn't Mexican heather. I know what it looks like. But the flowers are very similar.

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  3. Hi Brenda~

    Your garden is so pretty, love the gazing ball...purple in a garden is always nice! Here in Idaho, the days are getting cooler, so the flowered are loving it, and perking up.

    Have a great weekend!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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    1. If you get a gazing ball, you might look into getting steel ones like I have. The other kind breaks very easily.

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  4. Lantana is a mainstay flowering plant in the heat of AZ, both Phoenix and Tucson. It'll last until it freezes, then it'll come back as it's deciduous!!

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  5. Having just moved into my 'new' place I have not stocked the patio with any flowers at all. Not planning on doing it until next year now. With our harsh winters they may not survive anyway but next year I will take a chance at least they will be good throughout the spring and summer. I love the sedum you have Brenda with the lavender flowers. I really love the color. I love the lavender plant but never seem to have much luck with it. Hope you and the pupsters are well.

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    1. Some of my container plants don't come back. Which is why I use a lot of cheap annuals. The sedums and many of the herbs come back. Some flowers.

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  6. My beds seem to be on their last legs this late August. The potato vines still look nice as do the verbenas/lantanas (same thing?). The monkey grass is blooming and the impatiens are starting to fade a little. In a couple of weeks I will buy a few inexpensive mums to scatter about. I can sometimes get them to last two years. Your garden has inspired me to try more containers next year.

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    1. Verbenas are different from lantanas. My plants are looking worse than they did a week ago.

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  7. ROSES ARE MY MAIN PLANTING, BECAUSE I CAN'T TOLERATE HEAT TO CARE FOR MORE. I PAY NEIGHBOR TO WATER ROSES, MINT AND GROUND COVER AND MY TWO CHERRY TOMATO PLANTS. HE LIKES BEING OUTSIDE, GIVES HIM SOMETHING TO DO AND IS A BLESSING FOR ME. I DO HAVE TWO HUGE SUNFLOWERS (seeds dropped by birds ) THAT ARE REACHING FOR THE SUN THEY ARE TALLER THAN ROOF OF MY PORCH. I DO HAVE TWO PLACES THAT THE SCARLET HUMMINGBIRD VINE THRIVE. THEY ARE CLOSE TO ONE OF MY 3 HUMMERS STATIONS, SO I CAN WATER AS NEEDED WHEN I DASH OUT (as fast as a 68 yr.old woman with arthritis can ) TO REPLACE HUMMINGBIRD FEEDERS (look like big round hanging IV bottles). I ONLY HAVE ROSES THAT ARE FRAGRANT AS WELL AS BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE I CUT THEM TO SHARE WITH NEIGHBORS AND ENJOY IN MY HOME AS WELL. I KEEP SEVERAL WATER SOURCES FOR MY BIRDS AND SQUIRRELS.
    YOUR PATIO IS BEAUTIFUL, DELIGHTFUL TO SEE AND INVITING.THANKS FOR SHARING, HUGS FOR THE PUPSTERS.

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    1. I have only seen a few hummers out there. They are so fast I don't have time to grab my camera!

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  8. Your garden is beautiful, Brenda. And the squirrel is a character! I have a volunteer lantana, and it is hardy. I've had to remove quite a few petunias this year. 3 clumps of volunteer marigolds have performed like champs.

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    1. I thought the lantana would make it longer. But it's not looking so great.

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  9. We've had a cooler than usual summer here in New England... and there are still many things in bloom. I have some dead-heading to do out in my garden, been lazy about that with so much else to do. It's been cool enough that it feels like fall this early morning and the summer has gone by so quickly.

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  10. As usual, beautiful photos! And, yes, my petunias are lanky and beginning to set seed pods even tho' I've been religious about plucking the spent blossoms almost every day. Soon I'll be collecting seeds and saving them in marked envelopes to plant next spring. Also, I bought some mums the other day and am still deciding where to plant them. Fall is a-comin' whether or not we want it!

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  11. My garden is a jungle! The cosmos, zinnias, black eyed susans, and hydrangeas are all going mad. The tansy and goldenrod is starting to bloom, and the potted plants are all still doing well, except for the pansies. Most of them didn't survive the summer, which is bizarre since we had so much rain. Go figure!

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