Late Summer Meadows
Different species bloom at different times of the year. Following these blooms throughout the seasons is one of the biggest joys for a naturalist and gardener. But we are not the only ones that heed these late blooms, so do birds and pollinators!
In the photo above, you can see what a later-summer meadow would look like in our region. Species include Canada Goldenrod (Solidago lepida), Entire-leaved Gumweed (Grindelia stricta), Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), and Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium ssp. angustifolium). All of these species are quite vigorous - this is unlike the delicate early bloomers that you see in Garry Oak Ecosystems. Planting late bloomers in your garden is very beneficial for pollinators that are looking to foraging opportunities throughout the summer.
If you would like to include any of these species in your garden feel free to visit the nursery anytime of year to plant from pots.
- Abigail Hyde