August is bustin’ out all over



Forget about June. June sucked. And so, for the most part,
did July, in terms of the sun required to kick blooms into action. But now we
truly have some sultry weather and these flowers are loving it.

I’ve posted about rudbeckia "Herbstsonne" (top) here. Last year they were just about finished at this time.
This year they're still going strong and the bees are everywhere among them. The plants are way too tall for where they are, but I stopped caring about such things some time
ago (if I ever did).


Another bonus is that I still have tons of lilies yet to
bloom, including some speciosum rubrum (regular and alba) and these tigrinum
flore pleno. Increasingly, these species types are my favorite.  Normally I don’t show too many
close-ups, but species lilies are so cool, you have to.


And Thursday night I saw a hydrangea I had to have. It’s a
blue lacecap with variegated foliage, some of it pure white. Wild. Hydrangeas
do very well here and there is very little I wouldn't pull up to put a hydrangea
in its place.  A rainy, somewhat coolish
summer can still be great for continuous plantings and plenty of blooms.  

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at


  1. Your lilies are lovely.

    It sounds as if the hydrangea you saw is Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Mariesii Variegata’. I have one, well, actually I have 3. In the variegation, there is a blue-green that exactly matches Halcion hostas, a lovely combo.

  2. I have that double tiger lily. Waited to plant it until I saw the color of the blooms. Under drought or stress mine have shiny quarter inch black seedpods on 50% of the leaf nodes. Some flower parts are missing. Close up the flower looks like a rumpled mess. Like the color though.

  3. I saw that Hydrangea on a gardening show the other day and wondered if it would bloom here. In Oklahoma, with some Hydrangeas, we get all foliage and no blooms. Love your flowers and wish the lilies. Some plants just beg for a closeup don’t they?~~Dee

  4. Wonderful lilies. I am going to get more. My husband even likes them. And I’ve got more hydrangeas on my list – in lieu of lawn. I think that should work well.

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