Glorious Colour Time in Zone 4

August 5, 2011

back border with pink and red perennial phlox
in the foreground

First of all, Happy Birthday to my Mom (Muriel) and my niece (Shannon)!

Early August is a lovely time in my garden. The daylilies are still going strong and in a few short days, all the perennial phlox will be blooming at once.

Thanks to my dear friend, Rita, I have many different colours of phlox, from white to dark purple, and all the pinks in between!

Check out Tootsie's blog for links to many other beautiful garden blogs at
Fertilizer Friday.

double rudbekia, double shasta daisies, and 'Blue Paradise'
perennial phlox

white coneflower with rudbekia

'Bright Eyes' perennial phlox coming along
echinacea white coneflowers
hemerocallis red daylilies with 'Annabelle' hydrangea
liatris purple gayfeather
Hudson flirting from under the
red perennial phlox

I'll post more pictures of the perennial phlox in a few days. They are just about to be at their peak.

Happy Gardening and Happy Fertilizer Friday, everyone!


  1. Everything is lovely and still looks so fresh and nice, even the kitty. :)
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  2. Beautiful garden photos. I know you are enjoying it. We don't have blue flowers and now I know what to get next year. xo Jenny

  3. Your back border looks quite lovely with those pretty Phlox. Love the white Hydrangea and red Hemerocallis combination too.

  4. Happy FF! You have some very cool varieties of rudbeckia :) I didn't know there was anything more than Black Eye'd Susan's before garden blogging either! I'll be waiting to see pics of all your phlox..the blue is really pretty. I bet it a wonderful show of color to have them all in bloom at once. You should host a party at your house just to celebrate :) Jenni

  5. Your garden is so lovley! So fresh and lush. Hudson is a cutie pie!

  6. Hello Diane and thank you for dropping by my blog!
    I love that you incorporate Hudson with your garden : ) My girls are totally indoor kitties so i can't get shots of them flirting like Hudson .. he is a very handsome cat and I am sure my girls would be too interested in him !
    I love those deep red day lilies could you let me know which kind they are ?
    Your garden is beautiful !
    PS .. Nice to know another gardener in Ontario !

  7. Glorious color indeed! What an apt title for this post! Your phlox are beautiful. I've never seen a blue phlox before. Thanks for stopping over to see me, Diane. You asked if the rudbeckia self-seed. Yes. I have both perennial and annual forms and all of them seem to spread by self seeding. You know that brown center is all seeds that drop in the fall. Birds like them as well. Have a great wknd!
    Blessings, Beth

  8. Hi Diane, Happy birthday wishes to your Mum and your niece. Your August garden is looking great. I like the red phlox. I have white, pinks and purples, but no red. I have to look for some at the nursery. Great picture of Hudson! He looks very relaxed and comfortable in the shade of the flowers. Enjoy your weekend!!

  9. What a gorgeous mix of flowers! Such a great array of colours and the kitty is a cute addition. :)

  10. Oh, everything is gorgeous in your garden! We also garden in Zone 4 (Wisconsin) so I know you are as happy as I am to have all this beautiful color to carry us through the impending winter. Memories of the flowers are what keeps me going in the dead of winter. Love your photos, so vibrant and the kitty is adorable, too.

  11. Lovely garden pics - you still have such a lot in flower - mine are pretty much over. Boohoo.

  12. Beautiful colors! It is amazing to see the differences in the different zones! My Zone 6 garden is in a different stage than yours! Nice photos! Happy Gardening! Mindy

  13. New here!
    Love the Blue Paradise Phlox!! Stunning color in the summer garden!

  14. Isn't summer glorious? With all the blooms and flowers in your garden, and mine, it's the best time of the year.

  15. Love all the colors! Especially love the blue phlox.

  16. Your flowers are gorgeous, Diane! Absolutely love your phlox. Mine didn't do well this year, but it got very dry and we have been away on vacation alot so they (and the rest of our yard) have been neglected.

  17. Diane, Your garden (and especially your phlox) really are looking glorious. -Jean

  18. Wonderful garden. I like Hudson, he looks so cool.

  19. I adore liatris! Lends nice vertical to a garden. Hope you're enjoying August!


    ps Stop by when you have a moment

  20. I love the colour and textures combinations you've got going on in your garden, it looks fabulous!

    I didn't do well on flowers this year as other things took priority, but I'm hoping for some nice planning time over winter in preparation for next summer instead! :)

    Great blog - thanks :)

  21. Some really excellent blooms on the go Diane! Am very partial to the old Liatris and it is glorious to see Hudson nestled in the border.


  22. MY WORD! I am trying to decide which photo is my favorite...back border...then I see the next photos...and I get all messed up! wow...your flowers are a flaunt worth visiting!
    It does my heart good to tour around the gardens that are linked into my little party...I so wish every one of the people who share lived close enough that I could walk the gardens in person. Thank you so much for sharing with me this week...I hope you will again very soon!
    Hugs and smiles from Alberta Canada to you!
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  23. All of your colors look so pretty together. I love that blue phlox!


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