These photos were taken 9/7/08. The sunflowers were blooming, the cleome continuing to bloom, and the white cosmos were finally starting to bloom, after getting quite tall and bushy.
Foxglove and yarrow, I forgot what kind:
The name of the lantana is citrus blend. I hope to find it again, as it bloomed all summer, and the butterflies and bees loved it. Just to its left, I planted a day lily named Wally, that I saw pics of on the Cottage Garden Forum on ivillage. The post was by Mary Lu, and started out with, "As promised..." I plant to divide the red hot pokers behind them.
I planted another kind of day lily near this Harvest Moon Coneflower, which I found out later, may not be the best thing for the insects or native echinaceas. I can't remember the details, and just now, when I tried to look it up, couldn't find what I was looking for. I did come across an interesting article from the University of Minnesota Extension, you may want to check out, Common Questions About Wildflowers and Native Plants.
My husband doesn't garden, but he does the mowing, and has certain plants he likes that we have to grow every year. One of them, is snail vine, which is blooming and growing with a morning glory vine.
The sunflowers were pretty for awhile. I think these would have liked more sun. The squirrels ended up taking most of the sunflowers just before they were fully ripe.
The nigella were still blooming, as they were planted late. The verbena "on a stick" reseeds every year, and these were moved from the veggie garden. They filled the bed out nicely, and the butterflies and bees loved them, too. The orange is butterfly milkweed.
Whenever I took pics, I took from the house, as well as the front.
We got 4 to 5 inches of snow today, and I almost posted pics of that, but since I was home from work, I had a lazy day at the computer, and decided to find some more pics to update my new bed saga. One thing I plan to do differently is not plant a bunch of annual plants that I normally would put in pots, like the white blooming diamond frost euphorbia. They bloomed all summer, but I want other things to fill it up this year.