By David Salman, Chief Horticulturalist and Founder of High Country Gardens
Many folks think of spring as the peak color season in their gardens. It’s often easy to “front load” the garden with spring flowering plants because that’s the time of the year when gardeners are visiting their local garden centers in search of plants. However, as the growing season stretches into summer, many gardens become very green with few flowers in sight -- That does not have to be the case! Late summer and early fall garden can have just as much color - if not more - as the spring garden, and even taller.
I always advise my fellow gardeners to get out into their gardens in late July and August to have a thoughtful look around. Take a note pad and write down your observations about where you could use more color, and decide what colors would look best. Consider our pollinators - the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds that feast in spring also need to feed through the fall months in preparation for winter. Our gardens can make a huge difference.