Labor Day is approaching, but don’t give up on your garden
by Connie Oswald Stofko
It’s September, a time when some gardeners give up on their gardens. But not Patti Zander and Bob Van Hise, who shared their gardens during the City of Tonawanda Garden Walk on Aug. 22.
“Oh, I would never give up on my gardens!” Zander said. “We just live for summer. As long as things are alive, we’re out here watering and deadheading.” They have three rain barrels to help keep them supplied with water.
No garden walk has ever been held in late August before. The City of Tonawanda Garden Walk was rescheduled because of the pandemic, but there is an upside to the new date.
“You get to see things that you wouldn’t see in July,” Zander said.
She plants mostly perennials. Here is a list of some of the plants in her very full gardens:
Kiss-me-over-the-garden gate. (It self-seeds, so it comes back every year, but it may not come up where you think it will, she said.)
Joe-pye weed. (Zander said she tries to use some natives.)
Many different lilies
Northern magnolia tree
Not everything is in bloom now, but ferns and the foliage of perennials provide a lovely backdrop for plants that are flowering now. Bright paint on the hardscapes as well as colorful ornaments add interest as well.