Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – August 2018
It seems I have a growing collection of Agapanthus in the garden more by luck than design. It probably is because I have a weakness for all bulbs and at this time of year its seems to be either Agapanthus or Crocosmia. Over recent years they have been moved to the big border which is in full sun, slopes and has a large quantity of gravel in, so good drainage.
Most of my Agapanthus are anonymous, but I am pretty sure that the one above is Agapanthus ‘Alan Street’. I need to liberate it a bit as it has been overshadowed by something else and the stems are quite bendy.
I have included one of Echinacea partly because I am pleased that it seems to have established itself now coming back for a number of years but also because I think it is interesting the impact the drought has had on the flower formation. I have a number of plants where the flowers and stems are just short this year presumably because they haven’t had enough moisture.
I also seem to have started to collect Knipofia; I like the contrast their vertical spires bring to other flowers. I used to despise their gaudy flowers and tended towards the more subtle varieties such as Knipofia ‘Toffee Nose’ which has finished flowering this year. But this year I have added a couple of the Knipofia ‘Popsical’ as they are excellent for pick up the orange of the Crocosmia and tying the border together.
Also new to the garden this year are a couple of Agastache. Again the Agastache ‘Apricot Sprite’ helps to pull the border together with the Kniphofia and Crocosmia and the Anemanthele lessioniana.
I’ve also added a couple of Agastache ‘Black Adder’ to provide a contrast to the oranges.
So these are my August floral highlights. Thanks to Carol for hosting this meme – check out her blog for more GBBD posts