This week, as my contribution to In a Vase on Monday, I would like to place a spotlight on the Montauk daisies (Nipponanthemum nipponicum) which are now blooming in my sunny side garden. These fall blooming daisies add a welcome bit of brilliant white to a garden that is beginning to fade into autumn.
I first “discovered” the Montauk daisy for my Chapel Hill garden over ten years ago and was pleased to find it here when we moved to the Charlotte area. Three of them, planted closely together, give the appearance of a compact hedge in my side garden over the summer. I learned that I should cut them back in June or July (much like we are told to do for mums). Without the trimming, they grew tall and, when they bloomed, a heavy rain knocked over most of the flower stalks.
My Arranger suggested that I might just need a bit more color in the offering, so we selected blossoms from a Knock Out rose (Rosa x ‘Radcon’), annual vinca, and a repeat blooming garden phlox. The sprigs of greenery are from a ‘Green Giant’ arborvitae. The vase and heart, a Christmas gift to my Arranger, are both Waterford crystal.
I purchased the pink phlox in Virginia over twenty years ago. Its name has long since been forgotten. This phlox has thrived in three gardens and made at least nine moves; it has been divided, shared with friends, and moved about my gardens where a touch of pink is desired. I deadhead it to encourage new growth and flowering. It has done so reliably, giving me up to four months of this lovely pink color year after year.
Please click on In a Vase on Monday to visit the delightful postings of Cathy, the originator of this meme, at Rambling in the Garden. Her weekly challenge gives us the opportunity to share what is in bloom in our garden.