Mid-August at the Cottage Garden

August 13, 2014

The grand entrances by my beloved perennials continue to be about two weeks behind schedule.  Usually by this time of year the back border is a riot of colourful perennial phlox.    This only means that we still have many things to look forward to here in Zone 4 of  Ontario.

We've had two days of a really good rain here and so the photos in today's post are a bit drippy.   I also can't guarantee that were are no water spots from the lens.

Lots of rudbeckia, which I love.  Even though I've tried to read about them, I still don't know the difference between the ones with the smooth leaves and the ones with the hairy leaves.   I know the ones with the smooth leaves are called 'Goldsturm' though.  If anyone can enlighten me, I'd appreciate it!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful middle-of-August week!

Echinacea Purple Coneflower 'Ruby Star' and Rudbeckia (with hairy leaves) 
Rudbeckia ''Goldsturm' in the foreground with some Hydrangea 'Annabelle' behind them

a closer look at 'Goldsturm' 
a closer look at the 'hairy leaf' kind 
happy mish-mash of colour in the side border

pretty two-toned perrenial phlox, also in the side border


  1. Well, your garden is looking pretty good to me!! I have a few of the same flowers in my gardens. I didn't know about the hairy/non-hairy leaves, so can't help you there. I'll have to have a closer look at mine. There's a feeling of end of summer/early fall in the air today down here ... a few trees already turning ... sigh, not ready for winter this year, summer didn't seem to really get going.
    Wendy x

  2. Your garden is beautiful friend! I love the all of the pops of color happening in your borders! And those phlox are amazing! Wishing you a lovely week! Nicole xoxo

  3. You are lucky to have so much colour still in the garden - mine is a bit battered and bruised after recent storms. I love the Rudbeckia such a warm and cheerful plant. Mine are the stars of the garden at the moment - I grow them from seed every year and am always glad that I do.

  4. Everything looks so very beautiful and as though it has really enjoyed the rain. xx

  5. Your garden looks so beautiful, Diane! I believe the ones with the hairy leaves are an annual - one of many cultivars - I have both types as well. The annuals do self sow, sometimes too prolifically in my garden!

  6. Everything looks lovely. Nice and lush and blooming like crazy. Love the Echinacea especially and the fact their blooms last so long.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  7. Looks good! Love your Rudbeckias!

  8. Your mid-August garden looks amazing, Diane! Echinacea, rudbeckia, and phlox are my favorite cottage garden plants. P. x

  9. Ah your rudbeckia are much taller than mine! The old flowers I snatched from my parents farm years ago are very sturdy. However anything I buy just seems to take forever to get going! Always enjoy stopping by to see your garden.

  10. I have lots of Rudbeckia as well, I couldn't garden without it.

  11. Like you, I'm fond of Rudbeckia. I have some in one garden bed that has spread quite a bit and really must relocate part of the patch to other areas that could use some colour. Your garden looks wonderful!

  12. I am a fan of Rudbeckia too. Along with phlox they are late summer garden essentials. I havw 'Goldstrum', Rudbeckia nititda 'Herbstsonne' and another cultivar for which I have lost the tag. I believe that the 'hairy kind' are not true perennials, but rather are short lived perennials that are often treated as annuals. My Mom has always had them in her garden.

  13. You have a wonderful blog and your flowers are beautiful!


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