Late September Colour

There is definitely a shortening of the daylight hours as we move through September but the warmth of the month has meant that the colour in the garden is still very much summer colour as the autumn changes are only just beginning. I took a stroll round the garden here is what I found!

The temptation when a border is as full as this is to get tidying – but today I resisted that temptation. Instead here are a few details from this picture –

This is Fuchsia ‘Riccartonii’ which had been smothered in that border last year, but given a bit more space it filled it to perfection! It is reaching the top bar of the arch behind it! The lovely arching branches are being held in check by the other plants but it is still very colourful!

There are three different Penstemons here – all from plants gifted to me by fellow gardeners. The deep purple one in the foreground is P. Bodnant, the pink one in the centre is I think P. “Pershore Pink Necklace” and the one on the upper right is P. “Evelyn”. They are all cuttings from other parts of the garden that I assembled here to fill a part of the border that was bare and dreary!

As I progressed round the garden the Hot Border caught my eye.

Penstemon ‘Garnet’ is to the fore, with a tiny dwarf Alstromeria ‘Princess Diana’ at the bottom of the picture. Rudbeckia ‘Goldstrum’ getting better every year! In the background the Japanese Anemones provide contrast which serves to enhance the yellow of the Rudbeckia. Just peeking over the top of the Rudbekia is Persicaria ‘Amplexicaulis’, too far away to show up clearly.

But the most encouraging thing is that the roses are producing lots of late blooms, with R. ‘Just Joey’ having a cluster of 8 or 10 buds still to come! This rose is ‘Zephrine Drouhin’ which is responding well to my removel of damaged leaves rather than spraying.

There are still lots of flowers on this bush and the fragrance wafts across the path every time I pass by. This display will last for several weeks with any luck – and by then the autumn colours should be evident. Adding Alstromerias and Penstemons to my garden has certainly extended the flowering season by weeks, if not months!

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