Before we leave the back part of the garden, let me share one other beautiful plant. the Cup Plant, Silphium perfoliatum. It grows 5-6 feet tall and features numerous bright yellow flowers like tiny sunflowers.
We had a few of these in our garden, but I've never seen such a luxurious stand as here.
And they kept on blooming forever! I went down that path numerous times just for the pleasure of seeing them.
The flowers are typical of the Aster family, about 4-5 cm. across, with numerous flowers on small branches at the top of the main stem.
And this is the 'cup',where the base of the large opposite leaves are fused together, catching a drop of water during a rainstorm. Birds and insects love this plant!