for the record: fuchsias and begonias in the garden

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I don’t tend to plant many annuals but the occasional spot in a shady and/or hard-to-grow area is the perfect place for a showy display of annuals in a pot.  The fuchsias and begonias seemed happy in the shady spots in the side garden and by the back door and are still looking good at the end of September.  I would definitely plant them again.

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two statuesque, scented, butterfly-attracting plants for fall awesomeness

It’s always bittersweet when the bugbane and the joe pye weed start flowering.  They are two of my favourite plants and I have to wait almost all summer for their beautiful flowers and sweet scents.  But their flowers mean summer is over.  Let’s hope for a long, warm fall!

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and Joe Pye Weed:

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And while we’re at it, the Bee Balm and Sedum Autumn Joy look pretty good in fall too:

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To get a wider view of the garden areas these plants are in, see today’s other post.

Courtyard Garden after 1 year

There was nothing but a big ol’ spruce tree here when we moved in one year ago.  It’s been a lot of work but this front Courtyard Garden is almost done!  The soil is terrible so I amended each hole as I planted stuff back in spring, and now I am just finishing off by mulching with black bark chips and compost.  The bark mulch went in spots where there are open spaces like at the base of the hedge and around the bird bath (below), and compost went everywhere else – eventually I’d like all bark chips but I’m going to mulch with compost for a few years first to try to improve the soil.

Here’s the view from the driveway:

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As you walk towards the front door:

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From the front steps:

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Looking the other way:

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And most importantly, from the living room:

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To see how this garden has evolved, click here and scroll down.