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A whole season of growing and waiting means that now finally these monster perennials have reached full height and are producing spectacular blooms.

These perennials tower from 5-6 feet for Rudbeckia subtomentosa to up to 7 feet for Silphium (Cupplant) and Coreopsis tripteris.

 

Silphium perfoliatum produces masses of yellow daisy-like blooms. Bees rely on these for late season food.

 

Bumblebee on Silphium.

 

Coreopsis tripteris: This 7 foot giant has such wonderful textural foliage. The contrast of the foliage and the sky is beautiful.

Rudbeckia subtomentosa. This perennial Black Eyed Susan grows to almost six feet. Very hardy and long lived,

you can count on it for years of bloom. As a bonus the plants emit a wonderful spicy fragrance from the leaves later in the season.

 

Peak season is past, but you'd hardly know it from the amount of blooms in the field! All the rain have produced 

scads of extra blooms. We are also seeing rebloom on daylilies that we don't usualy see rebloom on.

 

Bright gold Gwyneth is always a great bloomer this time of year into September. A super high bud count of 21

doesn't hurt. 

 

Ovation. Wow and wow! this daylily is just an eye magnet. The color is like a beacon in the garden. the fact that

Ovation seems to produce multiple blooms at once may also have something to do with it. 

 

Satin Glass type. This daylily came from my grandfather. Smooth satiny creamy melon. The color is wonderfully cool 

for August.

 

While the blooms are scattered, you can see the variety of daylily cultivars blooming. Creams, Oranges,Golds and pinks are all present.

 

Black Cherry, a later deeply saturated purple red with loads of late season blooms.

 

Two of our favorite tall annuals. Nicotiana sylvestris (white, front) and Tithonia

in the back. The light green foliage and the white nodding blooms are contrasted by

the deep green lobed\leaves and orange flowers of the Tithonia.

 

 

 

 

4K Drone footage of Olallie Daylily Gardens: Aug 1, 2018

 

 

 

This mix of annuals is currently adorning my little seating nook by the entrance to my barn. From left to right:

Begonia boliviensis, Plectranthus, Fuchsia, Comellina and Scented Geraniums.

All of these plants were overwintered in my basement. The advantage of this approach is the plants start out large and in the case of the Fuchsia ready to bloom as it fulfills the dormancy needed to bloom well.


Begonia boliviensis: Bonfire. I just love this plant. Good long blooms and wonderful pigmented leaves. These do grow as a tuber that will go dormant in the winter, but with a little encouragement the will continue to grow and bloom (a little) through the winter. I've even grown them from seed I collected, though the seed is like dust and plants are so slow to mature.


Plectranthus: I'm not sure of which variety this is but with a little help from google one should be able to figure it out. 

I like this Plectranthus as it is one of the largest and the margins turn a golden yellow.


Fuchsia: This is a great showpiece plant as each bloom is a work of art! No blooms to show in the photo,

but they are spectacular!

Fuchsia #1

Fuchsia #1

 

Fuchsia #3


 

This variegated scented geranium is one of my favorites. Each leaf has a different degree and pattern of 

variegation on the leaves.


 

 

And last but not least is Pequin pepper. While one doesn't think of peppers as perennials they are! This plant is over 3 years old. 

It has survived inside in my bedroom fine for the winter, and is now blooming and setting fruit like crazy! The form of the plant is beautiful too.

 

Lots of baby Pequin plants have appeared in the soil below the momma plant!