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Aster novi-belgii ‘Early Blue’

Aster novi-belgii ‘Early Blue’ blooms from July to October

Asters are a great perennial for if you need late summer and fall color. The ’Early blue’ variety starts blooming in July and goes on all the way to October!

Full of buds!

They get around 10-12 inches (30-35cm) tall and prefer full sun. In my garden they get around 7-8 hours of sun and they do really well.

Flower bed with Aster novi-belgii ‘Early Blue’, Peonies and Lady’s mantle

One flowerbed – three seasons

It’s almost hard to believe that this is the same bed! Early spring this bed is full of tulips. In June the peonies put on quite a show and late summer to fall belongs to the Asters.

DIY Fall Heather Wreath

I got my hands on some Heather (Calluna vulgaris) and decided to make a wreath.

You can make a this wreath with pretty much any plant that does well when dried. Lavender would be my favorite.

Step 1 – Get your materials

You will need:

  • a wreath form (I used a 20 inch metal form but any type and size is fine)
  • floral wire
  • wire cutters (I used scissors. It would but I would’t recommend it ;-p)

Step 2 – Make bundles

Separate the Heather into bundles and wrap them using the floral wire. You will need around 20-30 bundles, depending on the size of you wreath form.

Adjust the size of the bundles based on the size of your wreath form. Bigger forms require wider bundles – smaller forms do better with narrow bundles.

Step 3 – Tie the first bundle

Tie the first bundle to the wreath form. Make sure it’s tight!

Step 4 – Tie the remaining bundles

Continue to tie the bundles to the form on top of each other. Do every second one facing slightly inwards vs slightly outwards.

Step 5 – Check your wreath

Have a look at your wreath and make sure it looks symmetrical. Prune branches that might be sticking out or add an extra bundle to any area that might need it.

Disclaimer: At this point I realised that I wanted the bundles to start at the bottom and go upwards on both sized (not around in a circle). I redid all the bundles on the right side and had them facing upwards instead. It took some extra time and was was a bit of a pain but still worth it. It would have bugged me if I hadn’t fixed it .

Step 6 – Add decorations

It’s time for the decorations! It’s completely up to you how and how much extra stuff you want to add. You could just go with a nice piece of lace and be done with it.

I chose rowan-berries and hydrangea blooms since I had them in my garden.

Hydrangea ’Little Lime’

Tuck the decoration into the wreath. Use wire if needed. I just poked the hydrangea and berry stems in between the Heather and messed around with them until I liked the way they looked.

Hydrangea ”Little lime”
Purple and orange contrast each other

All done!

Hang your wreath in a spot where you can see it every day and enjoy!

Tiny and pretty Heather blooms

Chrysanthemums ’Hardy Mums’

Simple yet so pretty – the Mum. It’s a sign that fall is coming when these show up in the stores. I picked mine up for just a few bucks while getting groceries.

Deep red Chrysanthemums ’Hardy Mum’

It has just a few flowers but is packed with buds that are about to open. That is exactly how you want to get them to get the longest blooming time out of them. If you buy it with lots of blooms already open it will bloom over sooner.

Red Mum, Brunnera ’Jack Frost’, Agastache ’Purple Fortune’
The color of the Heuchera ’Palace purple’ reflects the color of the Mum’s flowers.

Konvaljbuske – en doftande buske för skugga

Min konvaljbuske blommar och doften som sprider sig över hela trädgården är fantastiskt. Konvaljbusken är alltså en doftande buske som dessutom passar bra för skugga. Den är grön, lummig, frisk och lockar till sig fjärilar. Ja, fördelarna är många med denna prydnadsbuske som av någon anledning finns i ganska få av våra trädgårdar.

Natalia Lindberg Trädgårdsdesign - Clethra alnifolia konvaljbuske
Blommorna från en Konvaljbuske doftar fantastiskt
Natalia Lindberg Trädgårdsdesign - Clethra alnifolia konvaljbuske
Mina tre Konvaljbuskar, Stjärnflocka och Hakonegräs

Ett tips är att plantera dem på en plats där man ofta går förbi. På så vis får man ofta njuta av den härliga doften. Mina buskar står nära altandörren ut till trädgården så jag möts av dem varje gång jag går ut.

Om Konvaljbuske

Blomningen kommer nu i augusti och håller på länge, i hela 4 -6 veckor. Buskarna blir 1-2 m höga och något smalare. De trivs i halvskugga eller skugga och bör planteras i Rhododendronjord. Dessutom trivs de även i blötare jord så har du en plats i trädgården som är blöt och skuggig och där andra buskar inte trivs så är Konvaljbusken en god kandidat. Läs mer om Konvaljbusken här.

Som en liten bonus på moset så är blommorna omtyckta av fjärilar =)

Natalia Lindberg Trädgårdsdesign - Clethra alnifolia konvaljbuske
Blommorna på Konvaljbusken
Natalia Lindberg Trädgårdsdesign - Clethra alnifolia konvaljbuske hakonegräs alunrot palace purple
Konvaljbuske (Summersweet), Aluntrot ’Palace purple’, Hakongräs, Kopparlönn och Stjärnflocka

Summer flowers from my garden

Lilies, Agastache ’Blue Fortune’, Summersweet and Sedum ’Herbstfreude’

I made a flower arrangement using flowers from my own garden. Such a treat!

Sedum ’Herbstfreude’

Late Summer Container Arrangements

Late summer is my favorite time of year for container arrangements. All that beautiful color both in blooms and foliage!

Purple Chrysanthemum, Sweet potato vine, Dusty Miller (Jacobaea maritima) and Hebe ’Zea’

This year, I’ve planted up quite a few containers to bring the late summer feeling to the entrance of the house.

Purple Chrysanthemum, Sweet potato vine, Dusty Miller (Jacobaea maritima) and Hebe ’Zea’

A simple design trick to make an arrangement look great is to pick just a few colors and to repeat them. In this case the Hebe’s yellow and green foliage is repeated in the potato vine. And the pink edges come again in the blooms of the Mum.

Both the Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ is a perennial and will come back next year. However, it’s always risky to winter over plants in containers so I might plant them in the ground in a month or two, just to be sure they make it though the winter.

Coleus ’Chocolate Mint’ in the foreground
Coleus, Begonia and Dichondra ’Silver Falls’

Dichondra ’Silver Falls’ is one of my favorite plants for late summer and fall containers. It brings contrast to the arrangement that makes the other plants pop.

Rudbeckia Fulgida ‘Goldsturm’, Coleus ’Chocolate Mint’, Carex ’Evergold’, Chrysanthemum, Dichondra ’Silver Falls’ and Ivy
How it all came together

Slug Resistant Hosta ’Twilight’

’Twilight’ Hosta is an improved variety that claims to have better slug resistance.

I get quite a lot of slugs in the garden and it seems to hold up well. My hosta is into season two and so far it’s had just a few tiny holes.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade.

Lavender flowers bloom in mid summer
It gets 22 inches (55cm) tall by 30 inches (75cm) wide
Popular with the bees
This hosta has shiny dark green leaves with wide gold margins that turn creamy white as the season progresses. It stands out in the shade and shines during the evening.
Fits perfectly in the corner

Agastache ’Blue Fortune’

Agastache ’Blue Fortune’ (Hummingbird Mint) has begun to bloom. It gets lavender blue, bottle-brush like flowers mid July and goes on blooming all the way though September.

Hydrangea ’Annabelle’ to the left.
Agastache ’Blue Fortune’ in the center with Brunnera ’Jack Frost’ at its feet.
A yellow Daylily peaking up to the right.
Lavender ’Munstead’ in the foreground.

The foliage is deep-green with a touch of silver. It looks wonderful together with the foliage of brunnera or other silver-colored perennials like lamb’s ear or lavender.

The blooms are quite small in the beginning. They will get much higher as the summer progresses.

Agastache ’Blue Fortune’ prefers full sun, although it’s doing well in my garden where it only gets 5-6 h of sun. It’s drought tolerant, has a minty liquorice scent and gets about 2-3 feet (70cm) tall.

It’s the most popular perennial in my garden for bees and butterflies!