GBBD Post – August 2011
What a thrill just in time for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day my passion-flower has flowered. This variety is Passionflower Perfumed Passion and I can confirm that it certainly does have a good perfume. This is a tender plant and is in the greenhouse but there is quite a bit in flower in the garden.
I have three Echinacea now and they seem to do alright on the slope border. In fact the slope is becoming more of the ‘daisy’ border and I think as part of the big autumn makeover I will actively build on this and move more daisy type flowers to the slope. They seem to do particularly well, especially asters, as they have to ability to move with the wind which does wipe along the top of the garden. I have grasses intermingled with them and it is beginning to look good
I bought this Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Summer Nights’ at RHS Tatton Flower Show last month and I am really pleased with it. I love the contrast between the bright yellow flower and the red stems and purple red foliage.
I bought this Coreopsis to fill a gap at the front of the border. It is a beautiful plant and very popular with the bee population. I need to check on how hardy it might be and whether I need to protect it over the winter
My Anglica giga is looking stunning. I am annoyed that I didn’t remember to sow seed for next year’s plants back in the spring so I have made a note in the now trustee garden notebook to remember to sow them next spring.
More daisy flowers, this time a Rudbeckia. I don’t remember planting this but I have two of these plants and they are quite impressive growing over 5ft tall but I will have to move them as they are both in the wrong place. The one above is right in front of my Lobelia Tupa clump which is not a great combination.
Leucanthemum Broadway Lights is going strong. This one won’t be moving to the Daisy/Slope border as it is a stiffer plant and I think it will be better as late summer interest in the newly planned Cottage Garden/early summer border. I wonder if I will have carried out all these plans this time next year!!
Those are some of my August highlights. I have had a look back at last August’s GBBD post and whilst some of the plants are the same, the photos show that the borders are much fuller this year than last. I have been looking at the garden and thinking it looked awful but actually having looked back it isn’t as bad as I thought but I will still be carrying out my plans.
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