The stars of the garden right now are the Japanese anemones (A. robustussima) in the northeast corner of the backyard. The lavender in the background above comes from a 'Rozanne' geranium. Both the anemones and the geranium attract crowds of bees and other pollinators.
Their curvy stems are pretty in the garden or in a vase, and the pearl-like buds are attractive even before they open.
Dainty leaves form a nice backdrop for the flowers. Anemones are supposed to be hardy down to zone 5, which is what I consider my garden, but our winters have murdered several other varieties. Anemone robustissima is the hardiest and the survivor of several winters in my garden.
Who would guess that such an ethereal looking flower would spread like a thug? I wouldn't recommend this plant for fluffy soils, as the spreading would get really hard to contain. It's not as bad in clay soil, though.
The other lovely blooms right now are on the 'Little Lime' hydrangeas. Usually we get a frost before the flowers have time to turn deep rose, but this year the deeper color has developed well.
The leaves are starting to color, the sun is low and the sky is a deeper shade of blue. Happy fall! Thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.