With Fall here it's time for the cleanup that needs done. Until last weekend the weather had been quite nice and I had only cut back the Iris and Daylilies. This last week I started cutting back a few more things. I'm trying something new with my Hosta. I've always cut back in the fall. This year I'm going to let them go to mush and then pull up the mess. It has been mentioned that you get some slug eggs that way. So we'll see how this goes.
The Japanese Maple is Fireglow. I love the dark burgundy color of this tree. This is the area that I took out more than half a bed. Most of the Hosta that were here are now potted and will be part of my secret garden, which I'm hoping I have no problem with them surviving the Winter in pots. I left a few that were there and moved in a few to the spots of ones I was taking out. The Pinus s. Glauca Nana and Mums remained also. I was going to take all of this area out, but I was afraid I would lose the Japanese Maple and left this small area.
This was the home of my Echinacea and Daisies. I hated losing the whole bed which looked so lovely but it was time to reduce my load. Because of leaving the Japanese area above and to keep this area an even grass path, I had to fill this part in with the pavers so I just made it a little patio area. You can see the grass seed filling in now in part of the area that I took out. I did keep a few small clumps of the Echinacea and transplanted them elsewhere in the yard and one small clump of Daisies which were also transplanted elsewhere. Most of the rest was given away. You can see most of the areas around this have already been cut back for Winter.
Ninebark with Salvia Rose Sensation. Should have divided this past Spring, so hopefully it's still there in the Spring that it can be done then.
Several of the Salvias at the bottom of the yard and reblooming now for their last show this year. You can see some of the Burgundy Mums also.
Hydrangea Pinky Winky changing to it's pink color. I've been very happy with this Hydrangea and in fact have two of them, one on each side of the yard. They do extremely well in full sun.
A container of Sedum variegated. This is a very showy Sedum and does extremely well in a container which I don't protect at all in my zone.
Sedum Autumn Joy in bloom. Didn't get photos of the couple other varieties I have. Sedum does well no matter the weather and is one of the things that I did keep quite a bit of, even though I gave away a lot of perennials this year.
Well as always you can count of the Double Knockout Roses to bloom. Even with the drought and extreme heat of this Summer, these continued to bloom for me. In front of it is Lavander which does extremely well in heat. Just make sure you provide Lavendar with good drainage.
As with the Knockout, this beautiful Rose Apricot Drift just kept on blooming for me. It has Sedums on each side of it. Both of those will be transplanted next year.
This No ID Rose out of my neighbors yard and potted in her memory did ok this year also and has some new buds here.