The Garden in Late Summer/Autumn
A LATE SHOW – As SUMMER DRAWS TO A CLOSE the autumncome into their own.
Exciting kniphofias, fiery crocosmias and late-flowering salvias ensure an interesting and continuous display.
Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ – Placed together these two late flowering plants bring excitement to the border.
Kniphofia caulescens – This striking poker has interesting grey-green, serrated leaves. 1m x 60cm/3 x 2ft
Dahlia ‘Grenadier’- Tuberous dahlias dress up an end of season border. 60 x 60cm/2 x 2ft.
Glowing colours in the garden typify the time of year. A last rose (’Just Joey’), the flat yellow heads of achillea and generous clumps of crocosmias and dahlias maintain interest throughout the garden. For added interest, you could add in the foreground the crimson tassels of amaranthus (Love-lies-bleeding) which would elegantly sweep to the ground.
Macleaya microcarpa – Allow plenty of space for iliis dramatic perennial. 2 x 1m/6x 3ft.
‘Gracilis Variegata’ – A graceful shrub with slender crimson-purple flowers. 75 x 75cm/2½ft x 2½ft
Anemone hybrida – Japanese anemones have a long flowering period. 1.5m/5ft.
Liriope muscari – Tiny spikes of violet flowers are sometimes masked by the leaves. 30 x 45cm/1 x 1½ft
Crinum powellii – These beautiful, fragrant flowers are effective against a sunny wall. 1m x 60cm/3 x 2ft. ♦ Crinums are not difficult to grow but they do like a rich, well drained.
Crocosmia ‘Mount Usher’ – No garden should be without a selection of these perennials. 60 x 30cm/ 2 x 1ft.
Kirengeshoma palmata – A plant for moist ground close to water. 1m x 75cm/3 x 2½ft
Agapanthus ‘Loch Hope’ – Amongst the most magnificent of dark blue forms of African lily. 1.2m x 75cm/4 x 2½ft
Aconitum carmichaelii – Roots of Monkshood, or Wolf’s bane, are poisonous. 1.5m x 30cm/5 x 1ft