Crocosmias

Writing in the Telegraph (not me, not yet!) Autumn plants: crocosmia, agastache and euphorbia The partnership of crocosmia, agastache and euphorbia is a smouldering late-season show-stopper, says Val Bourne. The blue-black spires of Agastache 'Blackadder' lend a dramatic flourish to autumn gardens. By Val Bourne 18 Sep 2012 Autumn tends to major in burnished golds,…

Cheeky Chaps

Garden Centres and nurseries are beginning to fill up with violas and pansies and with a little TLC, they can be flowering right through until spring next year. Violas are, despite their diminutive size and dainty appearance, tough little cookies, more so than the larger flowered pansies, and can stand pretty much anything the British…

Canary Snowstorm

Dahlia Canary Fubuki A beautiful dahlia with (decasplit) blooms of lemon fading to the tips, literally translating as Canary Snowstorm. Growing to 1m-1.2m, preferring rich soils and probably needing some winter protection in colder regions. Deadhead regularly for a display that should carry on until the first frosts. Then either lift the tubers and store…

A detailed exposition on the theory and use of the colour wheel in garden design with particular reference to late-summer planting combinations

Japanese Anemone Queen Charlotte against bi-coloured Kniphofia Pink, orange, purple, green, yellow and blue. Works for me!

Things to do in September…

I know this is a little premature, but I'm readying myself for a new gardening related project and there is so much to plan - you might think the workload would be slowing down come September but there is still so much to do, in both the ornamental and kitchen garden - maintaining both, extending…

Who Dun It….

Dinner Plate - Who Dun It Setting aside the obvious spelling catastrophe, this is a rather special Dahlia, with 6" blooms of white shaded with red/purple. Though not this beauty, I filled my garden last year with so many different dahlias after an enthusiastic late-night shopping spree, online, with Rose Cottage Plants, a nursery specialising…

Fantasy Pocahontas, I kid you not….

A new one on me (and I think pretty new to the market), this diminutive Anemone goes by the unlikely name of Fantasy Pocahontas. Why I know not, but it is growing on me. At first sight the small flowers (about the size of a ten pence piece) are just a mite too fussy but there is…

Pink & Orange – Be Brave!

Helenium Sahin's Early Flowerer in the foreground, Phlox paniculata Otley Choice behind... Now here is a combination that sings (it might even shriek, just a little bit) but late summer colour in the herbaceous border is often strong, nearly always bright and usually planted with contrast in mind. These two long flowering plants are really…