As the Fairegarden passes by the seasonal signpost into autumn, the tapestry of soil dwelling treasures is weaving together its ever changing patterns.
The sun rises on the Gravel Garden for the grand finale. Highlighted is Aster tataricus ‘Jin Dai’.
The swelling seedpods of the Formosa lily, Lilium formosanum will soon split open to reveal the precious papery thin parcels inside. These will be sown in a protected place and covered with chickenwire while we wait for Nature’s gift of germination. Patience is needed, but someday the white late blooming lilies will be numerous in this spot.
Looking through the veil of tall perennials and grasses to the blue chairs and beyond to the woodland section, the garden peruser is drawn ever onward.
The woodland plantings of hydrangeas, deciduous azaleas, ferns, Joe Pye weed and variegated Solomon’s seal are Fading Faire, (yes, it’s a link). The Hellebores will remain evergreen and bloom in late winter.
The garage steps lead past hypertufa projects, glass art and upward to the higher elevations.
The Japanese maples that flank either side of the pond are explosions of brilliance. Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Garnet’ and….
….Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Crimson Queen’ are ablaze, backed from on high by the startlingly pink muhly, Muhlenbergia capillaris.
Dog fennel, Eupatorium capillofolium sentries stand erect with the help of metal obelisks on either side of the shed. Eryngium yuccifolium seed pods add texture, color and architectural interest even long after the flowers have faded.
Long views of the kaleidoscopic kind form new patterns of design and color with the lowering luminescense as days shorten.