It won't be long before we have a frost. The colours outside will change dramatically and the spots of colourful joy in the garden will be replaced with bird sightings at the feeder, the contrast of greys, greens and browns, the shadows and brightness of snow falling with an occasional bit of blue sky thrown in. However, the garden still has a few plants blooming.
I'll have to admit that the long blooming, stalwart and somewhat common Rudbekia Goldsturm is one of my favourite perennials. I starts off flowering in late July and just keeps on going. It's starting to look a little straggly now, but it's still an amazing burst of colour.
The Zebra Mallow comes up wherever it pleases. Those that grow in garden beds are left as they provide stunning colour all summer and sometimes even survive light frosts. It is a native plant which is welcome in my garden.