It's an odd time of year. Neither summer nor fall. Cooler but not cold. Perhaps chianti rather than sauvignon blanc but not-quite-ready-for-a-full-Bordeaux type of weather
I typically head into the garden to see what is new – newly blooming or in leaf – not newly going into decline! So what is there to get excited about in September? October and November will be redolent with autumnal shades: does September offer anything other than a weary landscape?
As I uploaded my images I was surprised to see how many shades of red there were; not the fiery fall colors that the smoke bushes and maples promise for the future, but chill-tipped foliage and flowers in shades of rose and ruby that suggested it was time to find my fleece jacket. Berries were also in abundance, from the glossy red honeysuckle that cedar wax wings prefer to viburnum, barberries and Red Beauty holly.
Enjoy a September stroll with me
Many perennials and shrubs put on a second flush of flowers in fall while others are an autumnal highlight.
Many of the white paniculata hydrangeas age to pink – a great opportunity to play with plant combinations
Berries, seed heads and more
From oversized to teeny-tiny, there are berries and seedheads throughout the garden already.
Talking of the Holidays, this Red Beauty holly seems to be well ahead of the curve too!
While shades of red, orange and gold are expected on many trees and shrubs as autumn approaches, it is the unexpected multi-colored additions to foliage that I feel is a bonus to the September garden
I was surprised to see Mountain Fire andromeda still showing off mahogany colored new growth
And then there are the tiny succulents on the green roof of this delightful bird feeder that are also turning color.
What's happening in your garden this month?