In A Summer Garden ~ Our Fairfield Home & Garden

In A Summer Garden

Summer Garden ~ Our Fairfield Home & Garden

August, the time of waking to early light and birdsong. Warm breezes enjoyed from a shady chair after garden-tending.  The aroma of a barbeque on the grill wafts across the way. And fireflies and cicada choruses are signaling the end of the day.

Now the sturdier summer plants that can take the heat and dry have their time. Rudbeckias, Limelight Hydrangeas, Day Lilies and self-sown annuals keep color in the garden along with the container plantings.

Tomatoes and zucchinis are plentiful and we are experimenting with new recipes and putting some up. Wild birds are happy with seedheads left undisturbed for their dining pleasure. Catbirds are swiping cherry tomatoes from The Shutter Garden, but there are plenty for all of us.

The worries of the world are left behind as you step into a summer garden.

Summer Garden

New York State Ironweed in the Summer Garden ~ Our Fairfield Home & Garden

Summer Garden

Shade Garden in August ~ Our Fairfield Home & Garden

Summer Garden

Shutter garden In August ~ Our Fairfield Home & Garden

Summer Garden

Front Island garden in August ~ Our Fairfield Home & Garden

Limelight Hydrangeas

Limelight Hydrangeas

Morning Glories & Birdhouse

Morning Glories & Birdhouse

Verbena Bonariensis

Verbena Bonariensis ~ delicate tall flowers self sow with abandon

Pink Zinnias

Pink Zinnias for a cheery pop of color!

Birdhouse on the fencepost

Birdhouse on a fencepost

Squash Blossom

Squash Blossom ~ big as a dinner plate!

Gerber Daisy

Gerbera Daisy Bloom

Rudbeckia Triloba

Rudbeckia Triloba ~ a Goldfinch feast!

Pink Asiatic Lily

Pink Asiatic Lily ~ tall and elegant

Rudbeckia Maxima

Rudbeckia Lacinata ~ Six foot giants for a tall border or screen!


Goldfinch eating sunflower seeds


Feverfew ~ self sows throughout the flowerbeds

Day Lily

Day Lily ~ one of many varieties in our garden


Coneflower adds a pop of color in the summer garden!

Clethra "Ruby Spice"

Clethra “Ruby Spice” is a pollinator and hummingbird magnet!

Black-Eyed Susans in the summer garden

Black-Eyed Susans ~ leave the seed heads for the birds!

17 Responses so far.

  1. Stephanie says:

    The Goldfinches are enjoying my sunflowers and blackeyed susans too. Your garden is beautiful Barb!

  2. Dolly Sarrio says:

    So much beauty! Your garden is gorgeous and your photography is excellent!

  3. Linda Deso says:

    Oh my how pretty Barb. Never heard of New York State Ironweed and I live in the state lol. So pretty.

  4. Linda Deso says:

    All your gardens are beautiful.

    • Barb says:

      Thanks so much, Linda! Ironweed is a native plant and the goldfinches are especially bonkers for the seedheas it produces now through early fall.

  5. Jen says:

    Absolutely stunning. Thank you for sharing your Naidoo photos!

  6. Patti says:

    What a beautiful garden you have Barb.
    Love the Clethra. Bet it smells great too.
    Adding it to my list!
    Have a great day.

    • Barb says:

      Yes, the ride home with the clethra in the car was very fragrant! I literally had to shake bees off of it before loading!

  7. Cecilia says:

    Wow, your garden is beautiful! Love your yellow bench in the front island bed. It’s the perfect yellow! The flowers make me want to just sit and take it all in.

  8. Feral Turtle says:

    How beautiful! Had to check out the ruby spice on Google, but of course it won’t grow here. I’m in zone 3 :( Thanks for some amazing pictures!!

    • Barb says:

      I’m sorry you can’t do the Clethra in your zone. It is a beauty. Thanks for stopping by the garden and writing me : )

  9. Jane Stuart says:

    Hello and greetings from England!
    Although way past Mothers Day for us [here it is in March] I would like to thank you so very much for allowing me to share your lovely garden with the tour.. it’s so very obviously a garden planted and tended with a loving heart and a smile and I will come back to look at it often if I may :)
    I looked too at your daughters charming garden in special for you to know how much Meg admires and loves her very special Momma.

    • Barb says:

      Thank you for stopping by our gardens and your sweet note, Jane! What a pleasure to hear that you enjoyed your visit. You are more than welcome to come by whenever you please. Sharing my garden brings me joy, too!
      Happy Gardening,


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