It’s the end of September and Autumn is definitely upon us although it’s not that obvious from the photograph above.  Whilst we have been blessed with a sunny warm weekend there was a strong wind first thing on Sunday and a distinct nip in the air with the start of that damp smell I associate with Autumn.


I think the photograph above demonstrates the messiness of the row of Descampsia and why I’m not happy with the idea of planting a row of them.  I have a row of grasses in the main garden but they are behind other plants and the Calamagrostis are neater plants.  The Descampsia are going to be rejigged so that they provide an interesting background to the plants they are currently hiding, such as the Salvia  above.


The real problem though isn’t the grasses and a closer look at the front of the garden shows why I dislike working in the front garden – the weeds and in particular what I think is an alpine strawberry or a relative of it.  It doesn’t seem to matter how much I did it up it still comes back.  I have to confess to not keeping on top of the problem but it is on my list of jobs to tackle  in the coming weeks.  Once I have weeded and re-jigged the planting I am going to top dress with mulch in the hope that this covering will stop the weeds coming back.


Next year the planting above should be reversed so the grass provides a backdrop to the Salvia rather than masking it completely.


The driveway border has been replanted and more irises added along with Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ and some small Nepeta which the grasses were dwarfing at the front.  I think this looks better but we shall see how it goes next year.

So that is my Front Garden at the end of September.  If you would like to join in with the End of Month View you are very welcome and you can use  it however you wish.  However, please leave a link to your post in the comments box below and also a link to this post in your post – that way we can all find each other and have a good  nose at each others gardens.