Top Ten September Blooms.

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.

Vitex agnus castus

Vitex agnus castus

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.

Caryopteris clandonensis x ‘Pink Perfection’

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.

Indigofera pendula

It looks great with Angelonia ‘Raspberry’.

Here it is growing with Salvia ‘Wishes and Kisses’

Indigofera pendula

I love this salvia and it blooms for so long.

Salvia ‘Love and Wishes’

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.

Scabiosa incisa ‘Kudos Pink’

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.

Agastache ‘Kudos Yellow’

Agastache ‘Kudos Yellow’ looks good with the silver leaves and red flowers of Zauschneria californica.

This has been blooming all the month whilst I was away and it should go on into the autumn.

Zauschneria californica

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.

Cobaea scandens ‘Alba’


Cobaea scandens ‘Alba’

I also love the masses of little bells of the late flowering Clematis rehdriana. They are primrose yellow.

Clematis rehdriana

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.

Hesperantha coccinea ‘Alba’

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.


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34 Responses to Top Ten September Blooms.

  1. Great picks! Caryopteris is one of my favorites for fall color.

  2. Pauline says:

    You always have such a wonderful selection of unusual plants, most of which wouldn’t like the soil in my garden. I really like the flowers on your Indigofera, so pretty!

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Pauline. Since I have developed these gravel areas I have been able to extend the range of plants I can grow. I use a weed membrane and a thick layer of gravel so it is easy maintenance. Thank you for joining in with your September beauties.

  3. You really have a nice selection blooming. I don’t have gravel, but I am always surprised by the number of plants that germinate in my cobble rocks with the weed membrane.

  4. Kris P says:

    Who needs lawn?! I love all the soft blues in your September garden. I planted the same Vitex from a 4-inch pot almost exactly 2 years ago. The plant is still very small and hasn’t bloomed but it’s made it through 2 summers now so I’ve got hope that it’ll impress me one day. There’s no sign of the blue flowers that usually grace my garden in the fall yet, Barleria obtusa and Plectranthus ciliatus ‘Zulu Wonder’, but I’m watching for them.

    • Chloris says:

      Well, I shall keep some lawn because we are hooked on croquet. But there is still plenty of grass left down at the far end of the garden waiting to go. It always looks awful down there because I am plagued by moles and the man with the mower is more interested in keeping the croquet lawn short.
      I love blue in the garden. What I thought was blue phlox is Viscaria ‘Blue Angel’, quick and easy from seed and quite delightful.

  5. Denise Maher says:

    I love how gravel sets off plants — maybe because I’m from the Golden State (Calif) I’ve always preferred it to the green of lawn for framing plants. So many beautiful plants, including that amazing clematis. Your little blue phlox reminds me of the annual Viscaria oculata aka German catchfly, so that’s my guess.

  6. Chloris says:

    That’s it! Viscaria ‘Blue Angel’, I remember now, so not a phlox at all . Thank you very much. It’s such a pretty thing and easy from seed.

  7. Heyjude says:

    Your gravel garden is stunning, so many unusual plants. I wish it was a bit drier where I live! Love the Caryopteris and that I have seen growing locally and I also have Salvia ‘Love and Wishes’ but mine is much, much darker than yours!

  8. Oh I am so glad that I’ve read your post Chloris as we have vast expanses of gravel which are in dire need of a flower fix. You have some beauties there. I will have to do some further research though as you are blessed with more sunshine and less of the wet stuff than us 🙂

  9. Brian Skeys says:

    This is the first year for some time I have not grown the cup and saucer plant, I am not familiar with any of the other plants in your post, which makes it all the more interesting. I look forward to reading about the exotic garden.

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  11. I’ve loved my Agastashe Kudos Gold this year. Are you lifting yours for the winter or trusting to the drainage from the gravel? All your purples are wonderful, but especially Indigofera pendula. I feel a visit to Fullers Mill coming on.
    Here are my September flowers –

    • Chloris says:

      I shan’t bother to lift the agastache although I know it’s not hardy but I have taken cuttings. I haven’t been to Fuller’s Mill for ages. Bernard was very proud of his weeping Indigofera and I have been trying to find one for years. I am thrilled with it.

  12. Wonderful blooms! I love that yellow Agastache. Could your blue phlox possibly be blue flax, for example Linum lewisii?

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Jason. Somebody suggested that it is the pretty annual Viscaria ‘Blue Angel’ and that triggered my memory. It is not a phlox at all. And not a linum either.

  13. Christina says:

    What a very interesting list of plants from you today. Obviously many of your gravel garden plants are Mediterranean, drought tolerant species; I have to smile because these same plants here look nothing like yours! For me ‘drought tolerant ‘ means that it isn’t likely to die in summer but hardly any actually look good. I’m pleased it’s September and we have had rain so that the garden has come to life again.

    • Chloris says:

      I know your garden struggles with the drought. These last two summers have been very dry here too although we don’t usually have your heat. I went to Shropshire last week and was amazed at how green and lush everything was. But I do find the membrane with gravel on top helps to preserve the moisture. I still need to water though.

  14. snowbird says:

    Just lovely seeing all your gravel garden plants, you have inspired me to give it a go next year. That cup and saucer vine is

  15. tonytomeo says:

    Zauschneria californica?! How . . . Californian!

  16. Cathy says:

    Sorry I am late in linking – mine was posted last week:
    Thanks for hosting, Chloris

  17. Sorry I’m a little late, all lovely, ever an education!

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