We can tell that fall has officially arrived, as the sunlight is gentler and the air is crisper. These photos document the garden on the last day of summer.
The west garden features purple asters and orange mums while the daylily leaves are starting to turn yellow.
Looking north from the garden gate gives this view, where dahlias and butterfly bushes add color.
Facing east from the garden entrance leads the eye down the path to the white garden. It's not looking too great so it doesn't get a closeup shot.
Turning back toward the gate allows the different textures and shades of green to shine. I just transplanted several clumps of pink 'Lucky Charm' anemones to the bed at right of the path, so there will be more fall color in a few years as they spread to fill the space.
The main sunny bed includes a 'Berry Awesome' hardy hibiscus at center and long-blooming 'Purple Haze' and 'Arabian Night' dahlias to the sides.
Here is another view of the same area with the 'Miss Molly' and 'Blue Chip' butterfly bushes on display.
The back of the main sunny bed would have more color if I stopped cutting all the dahlias to use in vases, but at least the he dried astilbe spikes add interesting texture to this area.
Last week my husband transplanted a 'Popcorn' viburnum from this spot and replaced it with a 'Thoweil' Hinoki false cypress (the dark green shrub at bottom center). The viburnum needed more sun to bloom well, and it was blocking this lovely view from the chair in the northeast corner of the yard.
A shot of the northeast corner reveals a favorite sitting spot tucked into the shades of green and chartreuse.
I just love the dark green color added by the two new 'Thoweil' Hinoki false cypress shrubs. These should grow 6' high and 2' wide eventually.
The honeysuckle that died back on the left side of the swing set isn't quite recovered, but it has made nice growth this season.
Looking south through the arch reveals yet more shades of green and chartreuse. I'm so pleased at how the different types of foliage provide interest even without a lot of flowers. It has taken me many years to get to this point.
Soon we'll be working hard on all the fall cleanup and planting a few more bulbs. I'm not looking forward to the long winter ahead, but I've already made lists of new plants to buy (especially new dahlia tubers) and other adjustments to make next spring. Meanwhile we'll enjoy every last warm afternoon in the garden.