I love my flowers, but by August, I am worn out. It’s the heat, the vegetable garden that needs attention and running off to see the grandkids that keeps me away from the flower garden. Today, I finally decided enough is enough- the flowers are an unruly mess and I placed cages around the worst offenders and removed some that were not worth caging or done blooming.
It is wonderful to have some real height in the flower garden, to have some plants really stand out and make a statement. That is why I have planted Joe Pye weed, an amaranth and ornamental grasses. I like the height and the general wild un-ruly-ness of it all!

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The photos above are BEFORE I did any work on the flowers. It has endured about 2 months of being ignored and the thugs are taking over and it is just too messy.

flowers at different height

Joe Pye is the red flower at the top, fennel-yellow flower- Amaranth the dark red

This photo shows the area before the tall flowers were caged. Removing the ruby red amaranth calmed the garden color down a lot( see photo 1). There was just too much dark red in the back yard garden and many were flopping all over.
Then I placed an old extra large tomato cage and baling twine around the 6 and 1/2 foot tall Joe Pye Weed to hold it more upright. Gathering the blooms together produced a much more pleasing view, than having them sprawled and drooping all around.IMG_6876

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The ornamental grass is about 5 feet tall and that was also caged up with some twine. The variegated grass was cut down and some was removed entirely. It was vigorously spreading through the daylillies and it had to be stopped!

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Here is the after photo, with the 6 foot Joe Pye weed caged, the 5 foot tall grass gathered together and most of the 7 foot amaranth removed. There is still one specimen in the back of the photo and the plant behind the amaranth is 9.5 foot tall broom corn. See I do love TALL plants.