Top Ten August Blooms.

Cathy over at Rambling in the garden has posted her top August blooms reminding me that it is high time I did the same. It is a difficult one this month as many of my favourites are blooming in the new part of the garden that you haven’t see yet;  it is this year’s ‘project’ and is yet to be unveiled. So my top ten here are all lovely but not necessarily the ones I am crooning over and dragging all my friends to look at just now.

Having said that I am very much in love with the hollyhock which is not actually a hollyhock, xAlcaltlhaea suffrutescens ‘Parkallee’. I wrote about its history in 2014 so if you would like to know more about it click  here 

xAlcalthaea suffrutescens ‘Parkallee’

It blooms later than hollyhocks and as it is crossed with the wild Marsh Mallow it has healthy leaves and never gets rust. Each year it grows taller and bigger and better. It does need to be staked. The flowers are exquisite, semi double and the colour of coffee cream.

You can get shades of pink too, ‘Parkrondell’ or ‘Parkfreiden’ but these do not seem to grow as strongly.

xAlcalthaea suffrutescens ‘Parkrondell’

One of my ‘Parkallee’ plants has thrown up a pink sport which looks very similar to ‘Parkrondell’

Pink sport of A.’Parkallee’

Also pretty in pink, Crinum x powelli is enjoying this warm summer. This plant is a bulb with large strappy leaves and enormous trumpet- shaped flowers. I only noticed last year that it is fragrant. You can get it in white too although I enjoy the sugar pink one. It belongs to the Amaryllis family but it is hardy as long as it is planted in a sheltered spot.

Crinum x powelli

Tobacco plants are lovely at this time of year and easy from seed. I don’t mean those awful dwarf strains but the taller ones like Nicotiana mutabilis.

Nicotiana mutabilis

The flowers of this one start off pink and then turn white. The ‘Whisper Series’ is another tall variety in different shades of pink. This is my current favourite.

Nicotiana ‘Whisper series’

I love green flowers so Nicotiana alata ‘Lime Green’ is always a winner with me. I grow it with ferns and hostas.

Nicotiana alata ‘Lime Green’

August is Pineapple plant or Eucomis time. I have several of these in pots but I find that most of them are hardy in the garden so they can be planted outside. The most dramatic is Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ with purple leaves and large pink flowers.

Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgandy’

I can’t remember the name of this next one but it looks like Eucomis comosa.

This little one lives in a pot.

I love umbellifers and I grow a shrub with lovely shiny leaves  and yellow umbels which looks great in August with the early Michaelmas Daisy, Aster frikartii ‘Monch’. It is Bupleurum fruticosum. I can’t understand why it is not seen more often.

Bupleurum fruticosum

Bupleurnm fruticosum with Aster frikartii ‘Monch’

Beth Chatto considered Aster Frikartii ‘Monch’ the best Michaelmas daisy for long display and sheer beauty, it starts blooming before any of the others and goes on and on.

Aster frikartii ‘Monch’

My favourite climbing plant at the moment is a potato plant. I don”t much like the earlier flowering Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ which flowers in June and July because it looks just like what it is, a potato.

Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’

I prefer the pretty white one which blooms a bit later, Solanum jasminoides.

Solanum jasminoides

But my favourite is the dainty Solanum laxum ‘Creche ar Pape’ which is in bloom now. The flowers are white tinged with lilac and  it blooms for weeks on end.

Solanum laxum ‘Creche ar Pape’

Nurseries sometimes list it as ‘Creche du Pape’ which makes more sense grammatically but it is incorrect. It is named after a garden  in Brittany. You see it a lot in France but it is rarer in the UK.


Right, it is time for a bit of bright orange after all these pastels. Most of my crocosmias got wrecked by the heatwave in June and July and were burnt brown or killed altogether. But I have a later flowering one looking great right now. It has large, golden, freesia-like flowers rather like ‘Star of the East’ but bigger. It is called ‘Golden Ballerina’.

Crocosmia ‘Golden Ballerina’

I am enjoying a pretty little annual at the moment. I found the seeds in my pocket. I wrote about my Pocket Seeds a while ago. All my pockets are full of seeds which are begged or borrowed or worse. I have no idea where these seeds came from and I have been waiting with interest to see what they are. Pure white flowers always appeal to me and if they have chocolate centres, I can’t resist them. This is Hibiscus trionum.

Hibiscus trionum

I will finish with another white flower, a lovely little Amaryllid.

Zepyhranthes candida

This lovely plant needs a moist soil. I grow it in my gravel garden which helps to prevent it from drying out. It is named after Zephyr, the God of the West Wind which I think is appropriate for my garden. According to Ovid, Chloris was married to the god, Zephyr. I haven’t told the Pianist this, I don’t want him giving himself airs.

If you are saying yet again, what no dahlias? Dahlias are indeed at the top of my August list but they will have to wait for another post instead of being squeezed in here. Please join in and share your favourite August blooms.

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40 Responses to Top Ten August Blooms.

  1. Heyjude says:

    What a beautiful collection of some quite unusual flowers.

  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Lovely flowers- I rather like those Eucomis, but they’re not often seen here. What a lucky find your pocket seed is!

  3. A nice collection. Several of your plants I can grow here, but not hollyhocks. I love the coffee cream colored ones.

  4. Eliza Waters says:

    You have such a great collection of plants, Chloris. That hibiscus cross is beautiful, as are the eucomis. I love that you collect seed then forget what they are so you are surprised when they bloom!

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Eliza. I do have seed packets but I never seem to have them with me when I come across interesting seeds. As I find the seeds weeks after I collected them I have forgotten all about them and where they came from.

  5. Christina says:

    As always you show us what an avid collector of choice plants you are! I like your Nicotiana ‘Whisper’ series; I might try those myself next year.

  6. Meriel Murdock says:

    I rarely reply to thank you for your terrific blog and photos which I read every week – or when I get to it! Needless to add I am replying today as I would like to ask you a shrub name that currently escapes me and that I don’t seem to have written down (or can’t find it!). I’m sure you will know it as you have featured it a few times. It is that newish, to these parts, ‘must have’ shrub with opposite, widely lance shaped and cordage, darkish green, deeply veined leaves to 7 ” long X 3″ W and white panicles of perfumed flowers in September/ October. I think it is from N. America. Not Hoheria or Eucryphia. Just in tight bud now. As I garden in Ireland and couldn’t find one here, I had to order it from the UK. I open my garden to visitors and know I will be asked for the name as soon as it starts to flower. Embarrassing not to know! It has grown very well for me and is now about 6′ x6′. Thank you for making me aware of it.

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Meriel, it is lovely to hear from you. Now, you have me a bit baffled. I wish I could see a photograph of your plant. Are the flowers scented? Could it be Clethra alnifolia?

      • Meriel says:

        Yes, they are v. Fragrant. Not Clethra I’m afraid. I could send a photo but am not sure how? If it comes to mind please let me know. I will check this page periodically. You definitely have it as I got on your recommendation!

      • Chloris says:

        Sorry Meriel, I can’t think what it could be. Could you scroll back and find in which post I wrote about it?

      • Meriel says:

        It’ must be about 4 years ago! Never mind, I will enjoy it just the same! I will have to get one of Those plant ID apps, I have been meaning to anyhow.

  7. Kris P says:

    There are so many plants here I wish I could grow! Hollyhocks (hybrid or not) are rust magnets here and I’ve yet to succeed in getting one to flower. I’ve failed repeatedly in growing Nicotiana (why?! everyone says it’s easy) and my Eucomis have yet to produce a single flower. Solanum did well in my former garden but it hasn’t been as happy here and, without rain, the Zephyranthes have produced only a few blooms. Even my Hibiscus trionum, widely regarded as a weed in parts of the US, appears to have given up the ghost. However, despite these complaints, I’ve got more blooms this August than I can remember in prior years so I do have a top 10 list to share: https://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2018/08/top-10-blooms-in-my-mid-summer-garden.html

  8. Lovely as always I have seen a few things I have never seen before.Solanum (any like yours, ever?) I do love the Eucomis,I am still waiting to see if mine survived the housepainters last year. I fear they did not. My Zephyranthes is entirely different from yours, Goddess of the West Wind. Carry on.

  9. tonytomeo says:

    ‘Pure white’ does not mean chocolate centers! White is the best color ever! It does not need any help.

    • Chloris says:

      I love pure white flowers too. But now and again if they have chocolate or maroon blotches like the fabled Paeonia rockii then that is the icing on the cake for me.

      • tonytomeo says:

        I happen to prefer the common ‘Festiva Maxima’ peony because the red flecks seem to enhance the whiteness of the white. I know that there are pure white ones available, but I doubt they would be as striking.

  10. hb says:

    My Zephyranthes looking exactly the same, in a far different climate far far away, is blooming now also. Fun how that happens.

  11. Your top ten would top anyone’s list. I also love Hollyhocks but they tend to suffer terribly from rust in this area. The Solanums and Eucomis are delightful. ‘Monch’ is one aster I don’t grow but you have me reconsidering.

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  13. snowbird says:

    So many beautiful blooms! I do love Solanum laxum, gorgeous! Also love that little Hibiscus trionum, grown from pocket seed, how marvelous!xxx

    • Chloris says:

      Yes, the Solanum is a beauty and full of flowers. And the little annual hibiscus is very easy, I can’t imagine where the seeds came from, I have no recollection of collecting them. I must have stolen them from somewhere, shush, don’t tell anyone. My pockets could tell some tales.

  14. Great picks, but I am super curious about those saved choices! I do like the ‘Whisper Series’ too and must look out for it. Are they as tall as mutabilis? I have seed pockets too. Mostly I tend to wrap ‘found’ seeds in tissues found therein. It means I can’t just blow my nose any more though!
    Here are my top ten for August: https://wp.me/pM8Y1-7cG

    • Chloris says:

      All will be revealed soon. Yes, the N. Whisper are as tall as mutabilis.
      Oh yes, I’ve done the seeds wrapped in tissue thing and then blown my nose on them. It’s ok as long as you don’t inhale.
      Thank you for joinng in with you August beauties.

  15. Cathy says:

    Oh Chloris, you are a tease! And I like the way you call ‘It’ ‘this year’s project’ because that implies a project every year, which is of course very exciting. As always I was intrigued to see your top 10 as we can be sure of some unusual choices, and you have not disappointed. I meant to include eucomis in mine but forgot – I moved them into new greenhouse where they have all done far better than they did outside although Sparkling Burgundy still has not flowered. Mine is about 2 years old – did yours take ages to flower? I showed mine on a WW which you might have missed (https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2018/08/01/wordless-wednesday-pineapples/). If you do not have E pallidiflora pole-evansii would you like some seeds when they ripen? My other top blooms which I know you have already seen are at https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2018/08/19/best-blooms-in-august/

    • Chloris says:

      To be honest I can’t remember how long ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ took to bloom. I have E. ‘Pole evansii’ thanks Cathy. I do love eucomis and I have just acquired 2 more.

  16. Oh your alcalthaea suffrutescens ‘Parkallee’ is even more pretty than it was in 2014 Chloris. I can remember coveting it then. The fact that it does not need staking makes it sound even more attractive. I can’t wait for the official opening of the latest project so that we can get to see and hear about your other August favourites 🙂

  17. bittster says:

    I am surprised to be saying this, but I really like your ‘Creche ar Pape’. The coloring is so subtle and the blossom sprays seem more delicate than the regular version. Who would have thought?
    I also enjoy seeing ‘Parkallee’ although I’d be even more unlikely to ever find that one here. Still nice to know such interesting plants exist, and you never know!

  18. It certainly doesn’t look like you’ve had a drought this summer! Love your ‘Creche du Pape’. Wonder if it grows here? I ordered two ‘Phyllis Bide’, which had to come all the way from California. Headed to Budapest the morning…but still dreaming of East Anglia.

  19. Chloris says:

    We have had some rain now. It is amazing how quickly the lawn greens up again. Nice to hear that you have tracked down Phyllis Bide. Goodness, you get about. How wonderful to be going to Budapest. I have never been to Hungary. Have a wonderful time.

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