Monthly Archives: September 2012

With the full moon set to make an appearance this weekend what better plant to focus on than Achillea “Moonshine.” Most yarrows are garden-worthy; their delicately-cut foliage, long-lasting blooms and easy nature put them close to the “indispensable” category among perennials. “Moonshine” blooms happily in the hottest and driest location in my garden, where afternoon […]

Ornamental grasses are becoming as much a hallmark of the autumn landscape as the changing colours of the leaves on trees and shrubs. I love how grasses have become so dominant in the fall garden. For instance, the row of Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora “Karl Foerster”) along the south side of the Events Centre […]

Perhaps it’s because the botanical name has ten syllables in it, making it nearly impossible to pronounce, or maybe it’s the rather drab common name, but Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, aka Leadwort, is a plant that does not get the notoriety or appreciation that it deserves. I’ve used it as a groundcover in my garden for almost […]

RUDBECKIA “BLACK-EYED SUSAN” While they begin blooming in late July Rudbeckia, or Black-Eyed Susan, really reaches its peak of performance in September and October. Their golden-yellow daisy blooms and black centres shout out that autumn has arrived. Languishing in the heat of summer, they seem invigorated by the cool nights and more moderate fall daytime […]