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Summer hangs on by stem

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This summer seems to have gone by so quickly – and now I look out in my garden and everything is starting to look worn out and old  - but look more closely and some plants are doing all they can to keep going -  the sweet peas are fighting for their last few  buds to open, the Verbena bonariensis is bravely soldiering on and still has a lot of life left in it - and the roses are in their 3rd flush!…and some flowers are only just beginning to show off as their turn in the spot light approaches…

September is a strange month in the garden with so much on its last legs and many other plants just beginning to live – here’s some that love the end of Summer and the beginning of Autumn…

Anemone hupehensis – saucer shaped flowers that like semi shade and sun and show off shell pink to white flowers.

Aster x frikartii ‘Monch’ -  a dainty cool lilac daisy flower – adding a fresh colour to an autumn border

Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii ‘Profusion’  – stunning berries that have to be seen to be believed!  Bright, metallic beads of bright violet turn this quite ordinary shrub into something spectacular every autumn – its a must if you have a large garden!

Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Heavenly Blue’ – A shrub that looks as though it should flower in spring and is running late! Delicate blue flowers charm the silver branches of this lovely shrub right through September. A really lovely plant for the autumn garden.

Ceanothus ‘Autumnal Blue’  – another shrub that looks like it is running late – gorgeous sky blue flowers drip from this evergreen shrub from late summer into autumn.

Dahlias – mixed varieties – What can I say about these loud and jolly blooms! They’ll keep producing the fireworks right up to Bonfire night!

Euonymus europaeus ‘Red Cascade’ – This tree-like shrub shows off the oddest of colours reminiscent of an 80’s crime of fashion!  Bright cerise fruits that unfurl to show off bright orange seeds – at the same time! sounds revolting – looks great!

Lirope muscari – These lovely plants are relations to the grape hyacinth and look at home on a woodland edge. The strap like leaves fall away from little spires topped with a cluster of purple flowers. A real cheery site on a cold autumn day!

Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’  Are you brave enough to let these lively chaps into your borders? Go on – give them a go – they won’t disappoint!

Sedum ‘Ruby Glow’ Play host to this year’s butterflies last supper with this lovely sedum – great for front of border and is a luscious deep red – very opulent!

There are so many fantastic plants to grace an autumnal garden – these are just a tiny fraction of what is available. And don’t forget to leave the seed heads on your herbaceous perennials and grasses over the next few months – and you will be rewarded with a beautiful display of diamond encrusted spiders webs – followed by even more sparkles in the first frosts!

-Jane

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