Self-seeded Morning Glory brightens up a boring fence. Photo by Louise Peacock

August Garden Action

Morning Glories (Ipomoea spp) are so lovely when you find them happily climbing across fences, hedges, trellises and other plants. These ones began to flower right on cue at the beginning of August!

They are an annual flower and are cousins to one of the most annoying and invasive perennial weeds I have ever met, Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis), pictured below.

Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis). so pretty and dainty, and so incredibly invasive. Photos by Louise Peacock
Morning Glory happily climbing up the Tamarisk tree, over the Cotoneaster plant and over the fence. Photo by Louise Peacock

We have two rose bushes. One is the shrub Rose featured in the July garden piece and one is the Florabunda in the picture below, left. Josephs Coat. It seems to be a pest (except for the really annoying Bronze Beetle)and disease resistant and is very easy care. It was planted in memory of a very dear uncle.

I am a huge fan of the Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia), in the rightmost photo. I like that it is drought-resistant, pest and disease resistant and flowers for a long time. Starts in June and carries on until October. Another reason to celebrate Russian Sage is that it is a bee magnet.

Florabunda Rose “ Josephs Coat” on the left, and on the right a boistrous Russian Sage ( Perovskia atriplicifolia)at the end of our driveway. Photos by Louise Peacock
Bee on Russian Sage. Photo by Louise Peacock

At the beginning of August, the soft, furry flower buds on the Japanese Anenome begin to open. They are beautiful and we love to see them, but it signals that the days are getting shorter and that Summer is beginning to head toward Fall. Once a few flowers are open, the local bee population is all over them.

August 2. The first Japanese Anenome flower to open! Photo by Louise Peacock
Bee enjoys Japanese Anenome flower. Photo by Louise Peacock
Here is one of the soft, fuzzy Anenome buds ready to open. Photo by Louise Peacock

As the days progress, so the garden gradually changes. The early and mid-season flowers disappear, to be replaced by the mid to late summer flowers.

In the photo below, you can see two small, grayish coloured trees close to the house. These small trees are Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides). Originating in Eurasia, these remarkable trees are hardy in most soils and from-40C to +40c and contain a wealth of nutrients. Check out the link above to find out more about this remarkable small tree.

In order to produce fruit, one needs a male and a female tree. The one on the right is the female and is loaded with fruit. It should be fully ripe in a week or so.

August 5. The front garden, including the Sea Buckthorn trees. Photo by Louise Peacock
The Sea Buckthorn Berries when ripe are a brilliant orange, as show on the left. On the right — not quite ripe yet. Photos by Louise Peacock

Another indicator that summer is gradually coming to a close is that the hardy Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos) will begin to flower. This sun and moisture-loving plant performs best in a full sun location, but it dislikes being dried out. This year has been bad for mine, all three of which have not gotten as much water as they would like and they are flowering really late…

August 15, the hardy Hibiscus spring into bloom. Photos by Louise Peacock.

Around the middle of August, I was at my favorite plant supplier, and they pointed out a new Hydrangea. It was really unusual and very beautiful.

Hydrangea macrophyla Princes Diana. Photo by Louise Peacock

I did not get it that day. I came home and mulled it over. I do not usually spend much on plants for our garden, so was hesitant. Next time I went by, the plant was still there, and setting aside my doubts, I got it.

My first problem was that in order to plant it, I would have to dig up and relocate some other plants. I made a two-image collage showing the before and after photos of the spot where I planted it.

Top image shows how the bed looked before adding Princess Diana. bottom image shows the bed with the new arrangement, Photos by Louise Peacock

The Buddleja davidii, also called summer lilac, butterfly-bush, or orange eye, is a species of flowering plant in the family Scrophulariaceae, native to Sichuan and Hubei provinces in central China and also Japan. It is widely used as an ornamental plant, and many named varieties are in cultivation. It always flowers late, often leading people (i.e. my idiot neighbour) to think the plant is done. The photo below was taken the third week in August, and the Butterly Bush is going strong.

Butterfly-bush is native to central China and also Japan. The bees and butterflies love it.

Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii) happily flowering beside some Rudbeckia daisies. Photo by Louise Peacock
August 24. The north side of the front garden, with the low hanging branches of the sea Buckthorn showing off the nearly ripe fruit. Photo by Louise Peacock
August 24. the north-east side of the front garden, showing how the Rudbeckia dominate at this time. Photo by Louise Peacock
August 26. Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum). Still going strong and providing lots of nectar to beed, wasps and butterflies. Photo by Louise Peacock

Eupatorium perfoliatum, known as Boneset, is a perennial plant in the Asteraceae family. It is common in Canada and is widespread from Nova Scotia to Florida, west as far as Texas, Nebraska, the Dakotas, and Manitoba.

I love this plant because it flowers for a long period, from July to mid-September, and is very friendly to pollinators.

August 27. The back garden still has some colour with the Summer Phlox (Phlox paniculata) bravely struggling to flower and fight off the Mildew which gets them every year. Photo by Louise Peacock
Aug 29. The three Phantom Hydrangea I put in last year along the north side of the back garden are finally picking up. Photo by Louise Peacock.
August 30. On the left, my giant pot of Coleus have been giving a nice shot of vibrant colour to the back garden all season. On the right, the Turtlehead (Chelone glabra) pushes up between two clumps of Rudbeckia. Photos by Louise Peacock.

And for the grand finale of this August garden, the two perennial Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos)in the front garden produced some huge and bodacious blooms for me.

August 31. In the front garden these two very late flowering perennial Hibiscus decided to pop open for the finale. Photos by Louise Peacock

See you in my September garden!!

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Louise Peacock

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Louise Peacock is a writer, garden designer, Reiki practitioner, singer-songwriter & animal activist. Favorite insult “Eat cake & choke” On Medium since 2016.