The shady garden in summer and autumn… beginning an A-Z

  I had been preparing for a workshop covering the possibilities for gardening in a little - or a lot - of shade and put together the gallery last year to illustrate some of the contenders that anyone tackling such a proposition might entertain. A perennial question, this, what to plant, planting combination and health…

The shady garden in summer and into autumn … beginning an A-Z

  I'm preparing for a workshop covering the possibilities for gardening in a little - or a lot - of shade and have begun to put together the gallery (above, but more to come) to illustrate some of the contenders that anyone tackling such a proposition might entertain. Damp shade and dry shade, dappled shade…

Evening sunshine – exploring some cooler tones for the late summer border

Anemone hupehensis praecox (above) and Bressingham Glow (below) Dahlia Cornish Ruby (below) New from David Austin for 2014/15, their repeat flowering Rambler rose, Lady of the Lake. Love it. (below) Astrantia Roma, against a background of Agastache (above) Caryopteris Dark Knight (below), a very useful sub-shrub, with long-lasting blue flowers and silvery foliage. A mecca…