September 002

This is my favorite kind of garden detail, something not immediately obvious to passing traffic, but a hidden delight for the gardener.

Like their spring cousins, autumn crocus are absolutely trouble free and spread happily into growing pools of soothing lavender. Most of the borders include at least one spot for these beauties.

Technically, it’s still summer. This brings up what I regard as the problem with fall color plans. The asters, crocus, cyclamen, and Japanese anemones comprising the grace notes of color in autumn all begin blooming in late summer. By the time fall is truly underway and the garden is being battered by storms there’s precious little blooming.