What Does Your Late Summer Garden Look Like?

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What does your late summer garden look like? I want to share with you today how my Illinois garden is looking. I’ve been away for five days and so much has changed.

The weeds have gotten completely out of control LOL!

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I’m surprised at the change that less than a week can make.

  • The Hydrangeas are all in bloom
  • My Coneflowers are beautiful
  • The Sedum is starting to get flower heads on them
  • All of the grasses are in full plume
  • My Dahlias are all in bloom
  • The Sunflower heads are tall and starting to opening-up
  • My Rose Shrubs are still blooming a bit but definitely slowing down
  • I see very few of the Stella D’oro Daylilies flowering, however, the regular daylilies are putting out some beautiful daily flowers
  • The herbs in my new herb garden are going crazy. I’m definitely going to have to make some pesto this week.

I was asked by Garden for Wildlife to try out some of their naturalizing flowers. The ones that I chose are for full sun and I’ve planted them towards the back of my perennial beds. They are also plants that attract butterflies so I put them right next to the milkweed that migrated into my garden this year.

The plants came packaged beautifully and they were so healthy when they arrived. They were certified that they were inspected and free from pests and diseases.

Garden for Wildlife

As luck would have it, I got them just days before Annie’s wedding but I knew they needed to get in the ground. They are planted and doing well but I haven’t had time to share them with you until today. I’m sure I won’t see their true beauty until next year.

They sent me two of each; Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Smooth Blue Aster (Aster laevis), Smooth Penstemon (Penstemon digitalis)

Butterfly Weed
Butterfly Weed

What’s Growing in My Garden

My garden is very much like my home, eclectic. It is a combination of native wildflowers mixed with the staples of an English Garden. I’ve shared before the plants that I have in my garden and you can read about them HERE. While my goal is to have a structured look to my garden, I also love when it is full and helps keep the weeds at bay.

Gardening Goals

For the next few weeks, my goal for the garden is to get out and weed for 30 minutes a day. I did that before Annie’s wedding and it was amazing how manageable that was. It wasn’t too strenuous for me and I also got a lot accomplished in those 30 minutes.

Things are definitely winding down in the flower garden. This is perfect timing as my tomatoes are about to all turn red in the vegetable garden and I will be very busy making sauce and canning tomatoes.

What does your late summer garden look like? I would love to hear from you in the comments.

Happy Gardening


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  1. I love the video! Sadly, my garden looks terrible after our extreme heat this summer. Temps up to 118. Ugh!

    1. The heat is what seems to finish off my garden too! This year especially with very little rain in Illinois.

  2. Cindy Rust says:

    My garden – veggie and flower – are both probably overgrown too! Your tip about weeding 30 minutes a day is what I do too! One of my sisters does her weeding while chatting with family on the phone. She puts her earbuds in and she is ready to weed! Thanks for listing your flowers – I need to add dahlias to my garden!

    1. The 30 minute weeding makes it so much more manageable. I usually stay out longer but I don’t feel guilty if I quit when my timer goes off.