It's the tall season in the garden. A chance for us to lift our eyes; to redirect our attention from all those front-of-the-border plants to those giants that have been gathering energy all summer long and now tower over the garden.
Many of our tallest plants occupy a large border at the far end of the potager where they are free to stretch to the sky. Here, a 7-foot Eupatorium maculatum 'Gateway' (Joe Pye weed), Verbascum 'Christo's Yellow Lightning', Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimis', Miscanthus 'Silberfeder', and Ratibida pinatta share space with Hellenium 'Mardi Gras'.
An almost 10-foot Vernonia altissima (Ironweed) trying to outreach a similar sized Inula racemosa.
The butterflies and insects love the flowers of Ironweed.
And I love the structure of these Inula flowers.
The giant leaves of the Inula.
A 7-foot Thalictrum rochebrunianum 'lavender mist' flowers against the red barn.
This almost 8-foot tall Ratibida pinnata produces these wonderful yellow flowers.
The candle-like flower heads of Actaea simplex 'Atropurpurea' dance high above many of the other plants in the garden.
The color of this 6-foot tall Thalictrum complements the flowers of the adjacent Eupatorium.
The tall biennial, Angelica Gigas and Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'.
Another Eupatorium 'Gateway' paired with grasses and a Hydrangea paniculata.
A Eupatorium paired with Veronicastrum virginicum 'Pink Glow'.
The tall yellow flower spikes of Verbascum 'High Noon' can be seen over the tops of the surrounding plants.
Another self-seeder, this almost tree size Fennel was allowed to spend the summer in one of the borders even though it wasn't exactly a front of the border plant and did require some staking. However, I love its umbelliferous yellow flowers and its aromatic, anise scent when I brush up against it.