This year we decided to invest in year-round color in our corner garden. For the most part, we really just had reliable color in the Spring, with our tulip, daffodil and crocus bulbs. So we bought several Summer blooming perennials (Gaillardias) and also a couple of late-Summer/Fall blooming flowers (Asters).
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="460" caption="The first Aster blooms in our corner garden"][/caption]
We bought the Asters a couple of months ago and planted them at a time when it was rather hot and dry here in Oklahoma. The result is that only about half the plants are still alive. The good news is that some of them made it and are blooming now, providing some nice color to our garden. With any luck, this should result in even more of these little guys coming up next year.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="460" caption="New buds on my Prairie Gaillardias (Gaillardia aestivalis v. flavovirens)"][/caption]
Even with the first cold front coming through over the week, signaling the onset of Fall, the Gaillardias have continued to bloom. There are lots of seed heads laying on their sides right now - potential for the coming year.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="460" caption="Spent blooms of a Gaillardia 'Tokajer' that has been setting seed in the garden"][/caption]