Here, the entire field behind the horse pasture is ablaze with goldenrod. There are some asters in amongst them too. We had a nice, rainy day yesterday so I'm going to have to head out there soon with the camera. They should be right perky and refreshed now.
Wish I could do Beautyberry here, it's lovely!
We have lots of Elderberry growing wild around the lake. I've never used any - we just leave those for the birds.
Hi chelle!! I look forward to seeing some pictures of the fall blooms! I didn't touch the elderberry this year either.... I won't say I never do though. lol
I would think the american beautyberry would grow for you, even though it may not be native to your area. It is very hardy here, some think too hardy; it's deciduous and tolerates freezing well from what I can see. I would be very happy to send you a plant or two or some seeds if you would like, to see if they will make it.
Yes let's try. I do have extra plants that the birds grow around here. I think why don't we find out how cold hardy they can be... I can send them to you now and you let them overwinter so will know if they will make it or not. In the spring we will know if I should send one for a pot if you want. cmail me your address. how does that sound?
Tall Boneset, Eupatorium altissimum is a native perennial that grows 3-4' tall, with unbranched stems covered in white hairs. The leaves are thinner than those on the Eupatorium perfoliatum. Blooms occur in late summer, early fall and are visited by many native bees, wasps, tachinid flies, syrphid flies, beetles, butterflies and other insects. Found in full sun or partial sun, in dry conditions. Tall boneset is often found growing along with Solidago canadensis.
Found growing in bogs and along the pond edge this perennial wildflower is another that attracts many insects when it blooms pink flower clusters in late summer, early fall. The whole plant has a very pungent aroma.
This one is only about a foot tall but they grow up to 3' or 4' tall.
Rock rose, Pavonia lasiopetala
Grows well in full sun or shade, flowers until freezing, this perennial comes back year after year here but is an annual in colder areas; it reseeds so you can expect to find new plants next summer.
This plant is sitting in a mostly shaded area & still is flowering... just not as many blooms.
They get about twelve feet tall depending on conditions I think. Our most mature bushes don't get regular trimming and that's about how tall they are. The one I have next to the house gets trimmed at least once a year, sometimes twice depending on rainfall and growth and it's kept a five foot tall stature. I trim that one to keep the branches off of the house and to make a nice full little canopy.
I never really realize just how many hostas are here until I start chopping and composting them at the end of the season. Lotsa large spaces in my beds and borders now!! I have them about halfway done.