It is mid August already and the garden and weather is beginning to feel more like Autumn. July gave us some really nice summer weather but this August has been poor so far. We have had more than half the normal rainfall in the first two weeks and it seems that the jet stream is in the wrong place such that even when high pressure is in control the air is very humid and the sky is overcast. Never the less most plants are performing and here is a selection from the garden in August.Rudbeckia ‘Herbstone’ grows to almost two metres at the back of the border but does need staking to stop it falling on other plants.
Butterflies have been plentiful in the garden this year. Here on a variety of plants. We do have a Butterfly bush Buddleja davidii which of course gets covered with butterflies too.This circular bed (stone edged bed on the garden map) was newly planted in 2016 and one of the things I was trying to achieve was a succession of plants forming a snake through the centre. Here Anemone ‘Wild Swan’ is achieving the snake with the leaves of Brunnera ‘Mr. Morse’ also snaking through.Rudbeckia fulgida sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’ should always have a place in the August border.At first this looked like a new plant formed when a Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’ decided to climb up a Foeniculum vulgare ‘purpureum’. I always grow some Ricinus communis ‘Impala’ from seed each year starting them off in the greenhouse and planting out when the dahlias go in. The leaves are fantastic architectural additions to any border but note that they donot overwinter here. There are many different Dahlias in our garden This is one of my favorites, Dahlia ‘Bishop of Aukland’.This is Phlox paniculata Uspekh a plant I saw on a garden visit and just had to have for its strong colours.Colour combinations are important in the garden. Often it is the plants themselves which seem to combine in good ways. Here we have Achillea ‘Credo’ with Salvia greggii ‘Emperor’, as close to complementary colours as you can get.Here Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’ is absolutely stunning but look closely a Cerastostigma willmottianum ‘Forest Blue’ has got into the picture. Complementary colours again!
Hemerocallis ‘Lemon Bells’ has been a real success this year and has been flowering now for around 10 weeks.And other day lilies have also done well, here is Hemerocallis ‘Stafford’.A shrubby clematis, Clematis ‘Wyevale’, comes back every year and has a long flowering period.Cone flowers, Echinacea purpurea, are loved by insects and look fantastic in the garden.
There is a huge range of salvias on the market. Recently I have been adding a couple each year. Here is Salvia x jamensis ‘Sierra san Antonio’ and Salvia microphylla ‘Icing Sugar’ Osteospermums have a long flowing period and look great. This is Osteospermum ‘Tresco Purple’ which is hardy in some places but so far not here so I take cuttings every year.Sowed a bit late but this Rudbeckia came from a packet of seed described as Rustic Dwarfs Mixed and has produced some stars. I will try getting Rudbeckia plants from seed every year now.Another plant from seed is Cosmos, this is Cosmos versailles tera and produces some very strongly coloured flowers.This is new to me, Maurandya ‘Magic Dragon’. Sue Turner at “from sewing room to potting shed” very kindly sent me some seed last year. Another climber, Clematis ‘Jackmanii’, has been doing great things although this year has not produced the best from clematis which I suspect was due to lack of rain through the spring.Last but not least, Anemone ‘Honorine Joubert’, a great plant not least because it copes with shade well.
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