Now that the worst of dry spells is over, I'm looking at plants I wish I'd given more attention early in the year and making notes for next year. High on the list is Salvia leucantha. There are some swaths of it in the upper garden but no long waves in the front gardens where it was showy in previous years.
Mexican Bush Sage is always attractive to late butterflies and makes a real show with Lantana.
This year there is NO purple Datura, no purple buds and dark stems.
No yellow in several years. Datura is not that hard to grow from seeds.
Nighttime fragrance of Datura rivals that of Brugmansia.
A note here about Tithonia: Big plants that got too dry died. I failed to deadhead.
There are young plants coming on to bloom through October.
I am about to dig and pot Agapanthus as advised by Claus Dalby. No signs of buds.
That dark Alternanthera is a given. Once started it's always around.
There are fewer Pentas this year because I didn't take cuttings last year.
Dead heading didn't happen recently either so they're all going to seed.
Porterweed survived some harsh dry weather. Next year I want lots more.
These next two are plants I had several years ago and would like to see again:
Making a note to make divisions and cuttings in the spring.
Fall blooming perennials take prior planning, starting now for next year.