hot plants: slideshow of mid-september stars

clematis tangutica
THE GARDEN HAS PUT UP WITH A LOT THIS YEAR–astonishing rain, bouts of hail, and woodchucks galore–so it’s a wonder that anything feels like showing off at this late date. Thank goodness there are tough characters in the mix. From Lespedeza thunbergii to Clematis tangutica, yellow-fruited Viburnum dilatatum ‘Michael Dodge’ and more, the current hit list here.

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Mid-September’s Showoffs

(with links to their profiles or more information)

  • Viburnum dilatatumMichael Dodge‘(shrub with prolific yellow fruit)
  • Lespedeza thunbergii (giant perennial fountain of purple flowers)
  • Clematis tangutica (vine with masses of gold flowers with purplish centers)
  • Cornus kousa, or Kousa dogwood (large red fruit; a slideshow of all my dogwood species, including Kousa types, is here)
  • Dolichos lablab (purple lablab bean, annual vine–and a food and feed crop elsewhere)
  • Angelica gigas (wine-colored biennial, started blooming in July)
  • Clematis ‘Roguchi’ (small purple bells summer into September)
  • Hydrangea paniculata (panicle hydrangeas, starting to go from creamy to pink and buff tones now)
  1. Maude Ciardi says:

    I have a manadivilla vine , it has small beautiful trumpet shaped flowers ,in large pot on a trellis. I would love to bring it in and put it on my sun porch which is heated. What do you think? Also an Angel wing begonia. I would love to know your opinion. Or should I just let them die. Thanks

    1. Margaret says:

      Hi, Maude. I say experiment! I think you will have success. With the Mandevilla, here’s how Cornell says to do it. I’d start with the begonia as a houseplant (bright light, enough water to stay growing but not wet, not too cold — above 50 for sure) and see what happens).

  2. Sharon Laney says:

    I planted the hyacinth bean vine last spring and it has taken over the trellis and every plant around it. I love that it is planted at Monticello. I got my seeds from a participant in our yearly pond tour in Knoxville. Is it considered an heirloom plant?

  3. Jamie on Long Island says:

    I love all the plants you highlighted! Fall really does bring on a whole new season of interest in the garden. I love the hyacinth bean, so it was a natural for a new arbor I installed last year. But I can never be content with enough, so I also planted a moonflower with the hyacinth bean. They’ve turned out to be a great combination!

    But that clematis tangutica is making me jealous…I’ve never seen that one, so now I’m on a mission…THANK YOU, Margaret!

  4. ann says:

    Hopefully not violating guidelines for posts — wanted to let local gardeners in the Northwest Corner and adjacent terrain in New York know that I am selling off my tender perennials in pots (a number of tuberous begonias among them plus two euphorbia cotonopholia trees) and clay pots and other gardening tools and supplies at a tag sale in Sharon CT Saturday 9/24 from 10- 3 — 34 Gavel Cabin Road — east off White Hollow Road, reachable from Rt 112 in Lime Rock, Calkinstown Road in Sharon or West Cornwall Road near the covered bridge at West Cornwall on Route 7.

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