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…

Almost, nearly there: David Austin’s finest – the promise of a good year for the roses?

This time last year, nothing. Barely a bud, nothing even closely resembling a flower. The month-long Sub-Zero ºC that was March 2013 put back the roses until July. This year, after a mild winter and some early sunshine (and the possibility of a long warm summer), I think it will be a good year for…