This is what is left of my Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum × superbum) blooms for the season. I am not sure why the blooms are triple and double – perhaps they’re just putting out a final big effort. It is tempting to cut off the spent flower heads, however, I try to leave them be as birds like to eat the seeds as they dry out.
Hummingbirds are getting ready to fly South and are looking for “fuel” to get them there. Salvia guaraniyica ‘Black and Blue’ is a magnet for hummingbirds in my yard. This salvia blooms from mid summer and continues into the Fall. It is planted with a Southern exposure and is blooming prolifically. I have cut it back twice this year and I think it liked it! So far, the claim of it being deer resistant holds true – I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
I planted a package of mixed color Cleome seeds a few years ago and have never had to plant them again since. Each year they reseed themselves and come back in abundance. I collect their seeds from drying pods and share them with friends who wish an ongoing relationship with this plant. It has a very sturdy stalk which easily supports its up to five feet in height.
Here is Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ (black-eyed Susan) planted amongst a groundcover of Perennial Plumbago, Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (and a few volunteer Cleome and an Oakleaf Hydrangea). Rudbeckia is touted to be deer resistant, but I have had mine munched on in the past. It has a long blooming period from mid summer into Fall. I find the rich yellow blooms pair nicely with the deep blue of the plumbago. Like the Shasta daisy, birds enjoy the dried seed heads of the Rudbeckia. These also do well as cut flowers for arrangements.