Late Bloomers defines a late bloomer as a person whose talents or
capabilities are slow to develop.  Sounds
like a negative thing, doesn’t it?  Well,
not if you are a plant!  I cherish the
late bloomers in my garden.  Like that
last burst of energy in spinning class when you know you only have to survive
for two more songs, late bloomers enhance our gardens with brilliant blooms and
color.  A kind of ‘last hurrah’ before
the garden beings its decline in the fall.

I’m not alone in loving Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ in the late summer
garden.  In fact, this anemone won the
ultimate of plant beauty contests, being named the Perennial Plant of the year
for 2016!

Perennial Plant of the Year 2016 – Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’
Honorine Jobert has some colorful cousins too, such as this pink
A pink anemone with a backdrop of the long-blooming Phlox paniculata
Begonia grandis is another show stopper in the late bloomer
category.  Adorned with white or pink
flowers, these part-shade plants add sparkle to the garden with
delicate blooms and red-veining on the back of the leaves that is magnificent
when backlit.
Begonia grandis – backlit leaves with red veining

While the large, tubular white flowers of Hosta plantaginea may not be
the most beautiful blooms you have ever seen, they are among the most fragrant.
Place them by the patio or an entryway so you can inhale their intoxicating
scent at every possible opportunity and appreciate the hummingbirds they are
likely to attract.  Who needs perfume
when you have Hosta plantaginea blooming in August?

Hosta plantaginea
Abelia x grandiflora ‘Rose Creek’ is another lovely late season
bloomer.  Its plentiful white blooms and
rose-tinged stems provide a wonderful presence in the landscape. 
Abelia ‘Rose Creek’

I hope you won’t look down on late bloomers as being something
disappointing or undesirable.  Late
bloomers are to be cherished for extending the
interest and beauty of our gardens as we transition to autumn.


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