Reminders of Brighter Days
Today is the last day of September, which means that no matter how many lawyers you hire to argue otherwise, autumn has truly begun. It’s simply undeniable. And yet, should we want to deny it, there are certain plants that stand ready to back us up in our denial.
These are the plants that, once the heavy heat of summer has faded away, are inclined to pop up with a few more blooms more generally associated with the months of bright sun and longer days.
The Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens), transplanted to a sunnier spot just this spring, is thanking me with a few last blooms. I am hoping for good things from this plant next year, as it has sent a couple of stems shooting up least 18 feet on the nearby trellis (it’s planted to one side of the Clematis ‘Jackmanii’).
The shrub rose ‘Cassie’ can be glimpsed behind the Loncera. I haven’t written about ‘Cassie’ at all this year. It is quite literally a blooming powerhouse in June and July, but it turns quiet during the hottest days of summer.
Now that cooler weather has returned, ‘Cassie’ is providing a decent display of its sweet little semi-double, lightly fragrant white flowers, and I appreciate her efforts.
I suppose most people would say that Cutleaf Coneflower (aka Golden Glow, aka Rudbeckia laciniata) isn’t really reblooming. It’s just continuing to pump out the flowers that started to bloom back in August. At this time of year, Cutleaf Coneflower sports fresh new golden flowers even as it is topped with a myriad of seedheads. Pretty much all the other tall yellow daisies have either flowers or seedheads, but not both.
At the end of September the blooms seem to have a deeper, richer hue.
‘Kit Kat’ Catmint (Nepeta x faassenii) is producing a second crop of tiny lavender blue flowers – even if they are much more sparse than earlier in the season.
OK, so Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia) isn’t reblooming, but I felt the need to include it anyway. It just never stopped blooming. For a plant that loves heat, it’s not letting the cooler weather slow it down. In fact, the plant above is the very same one that got knocked over in a storm not so long ago.
Do you have any favorite rebloomers in your garden right now?