Middle to Late September

By now the Trumpet Vine are done for the season but you won't mind because the MORNING GLORIES climb right up and over anything that was in bloom previously through the summer. When I first thought of building this Flowering Gazebo I wanted to create a structure that would be smothered beneath the twinging foliage and flower overhead on the canopy, straggling here and there, down in front or climbing out of control on top. This is the month that my earliest dream for the gazebo comes true and I love to just sit underneath and enjoy the creation.

The colors of the Morning Glories range from all white, to blue & white striped, pink & white striped, medium pink, light blue, medium blue to dark purple with pink and white center.

Also climbing the post and enhancing the display are the MOON FLOWERS, both the VINES and ANNUAL PLANTS. These flowers open last afternoon and remain open all night, closing in the early morning. You can see the gazebo's flowers literally transform right before your eyes with a late evening Ceremony or during your Reception hours.

MOONFLOWERS are of the same family as the Morning Glory; they open at night and close in the morning. I also plant MOONFLOWER VINES which look like white Morning Glories but they also open at night and close in the morning. But both of these flowers help the Flowering Gazebo totally transform before your eyes during your late evening Ceremony or Reception. Both varieties of Moonflowers may start to open early but will by mid-month as they also climb to the top of the Flowering Gazebo.

DAHLIA are at their best now with them in flower all month long. Some have flowers up to 6" across, others are only a couple inches wide. They all continue non-stop until after my season is closed and they have to be put away and protected for the winter.

ROSES are a cool season plant so they absolutely love the cooler days and evenings. They will be in bloom but more so if it's more to the cooler temps of their preferances. CLEMATIS, ANEMONES, GERANIUM, VERONICA spikes, MINIATURE DAISIES, PERENNIAL AGERATUM and ANEMONES are still blooming. CHRYSANTHEMUM and ASTERS are in the Flowering Gazebo and add color to gap areas right up until the end of the season. CONTINUAL SUMMER-LONG BLOOMING ANNUALS such as PETUNIA and SALVIA continue their display.

White GAURA are also in bloom in the circle bed around the white Tree Wisteria; they are one of my favorite flowers because they look like little dancing butterflies swarming their area.

SEVEN SONS FLOWER TREE has a long season with white flowers during August which turn into beautiful dark pink sepals which glow in the setting sun.

TALL GRASS flowerheads are still a beautiful backdrop.