As readers of my blog will know I create new areas in my garden all the time and the lawn gets ever smaller. For my September blooms I am going to feature plants in my newest gravel gardens; one created last summer and the latest dating from earlier this year. Both are already looking well established. Many of the plants have been blooming for ages and are still looking good.
Whilst I was in Greece recently I noticed Vitex agnus castus growing wild in abundance in a range of colours from purple to pink. I was amused to see it growing round the monastery at Mystras. The fruit used to be known as ‘Monk’s Pepper’ or ‘Chaste Berry’ as in the Middle Ages it was taken to reduce the male libido, so it must have been handy to have it growing round the monastery. Here it is in my garden. It has pointed palmate leaves which are aromatic and racemes of flowers which attract butterflies.
Another bee and butterfly magnet is the shrub Coryopteris x clandonensis ‘Pink Perfection’. Coryopteris is usually seen in powder blue but I am rather fond of this pale pink one. It is still very young but when it grows it should reach about 4 ft.
Years ago I saw Indigofera pendula growing in the late Bernard Ticker’s wonderful garden, Fuller’s Mill in Norfolk. I have been looking for it ever since because it is much more showy than the usual Indigofera heterantha. It has long dangling racemes of pink flowers. I found one for sale at the amazing garden at East Ruston Vicarage.
It looks great with Angelonia ‘Raspberry’.
Here it is growing with Salvia ‘Wishes and Kisses’
I love this salvia and it blooms for so long.
Nearby in this new bed I have a gorgeous pink scabious which has been blooming for weeks. It is called Scabiosa incisa ‘Kudos Pink’. It is a new variety with larger flowers than usual.
I also have a new agastache called Agastache ‘Kudos Yellow’ which is big and bushy. I have never found agastache to be very hardy but they are easy from cuttings.They are deliciously aromatic.
This has been blooming all the month whilst I was away and it should go on into the autumn.
Some of the plants in here are annuals like this pretty blue phlox. At least that is what I think it is. I usually make a list of all the seeds I buy but I don’t seem to have a record of this and I lost the label. Any suggestions?
Plants do so well in gravel and they seed enthusiastically too. Bees and butterflies love the flowers I have in these gravel beds.
Leaving the gravel gardens for a bit I would like to feature two September climbers, One is an annual which grows huge and quickly covers the fence. It is the cup and saucer vine, Cobaea scandens. It is easy from seed. It usually comes in pale purple but I like the white form.
I also love the masses of little bells of the late flowering Clematis rehdriana. They are primrose yellow.
And now I have to add just one more to make it ten and it is difficult to know what to choose. This year I haven’t mentioned asters or colchicums or cylcamen although I love them and have them all over the garden. But I have featured them in previous years. So I will finish with a pure white Hesperantha coccinea ‘Alba’which caught my eye this morning as it is all spangled with raindrops.
Next time I will feature my exotic garden which is looking wonderful right now and has looked great for weeks. It is time it gets a mention, in fact it deserves a post of it its own. In the meantime it would be great if you could share some of your favourite September blooms.