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Friday, August 29, 2008

The Buena Vista Garden, by Yarddawg

Although summer hasn't officially ended it is winding down in gardening terms. Slightly shorter days and the nearing the end (hopefully) of swelteringly hot days. Here are a few plant photos that, for various reasons, did not make it in the weekly posts.

Favorite summer can't go wrong, even for brown thumbs, plant. A summer border of daylilies. They are almost idiot proof.

The favorite summer flowering tree for the south has to be Crepe Myrtle. For our unsuspecting Yankee cousins, plant Crepe Myrtle in the south instead of lilac.

One of the most under utilized plants is Cardoon. In fact this plant was grown by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello and there are references to it in 4th century Greek writings. I was going to do a full feature about it but the same frog strangler and winds that blew down the Baptisia in last week's post toppled over before I could get the right lighting conditions for a photo to show everyone it's great architectural form with the multiple bloom heads. It is also edible. (Hint the Cardoon is to the right in the day lily photo)

I don't know about you but I am looking forward to Autumn. Football, gloriously colored leaves and cooler weather are all just around the corner. It is NOW a prime time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials.

More about that next week.
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