The garden ran out of steam last summer after the early June flush, so this year we have begun to plant perennials for late summer colour, as well as growing plants from seed. The verbena is seed raised, and plants survived last winter and have grown much more sturdily this year. I sowed verbena rigida too and that is also much better in its second year.
The penstemon I bought at Hidcote some years ago and have propagated it successfully. It is looking good this year, together with Garnet, Sour Grapes and Heavenly Blue. on the left it is backed by the gorgeous spiny seed raised flowers of Cleome .
I’m fond of blue flowers and the Salvia is a wonderful dark purple blue with deepest indigo buds, now 3 feet high and with many buds to come. I’ve taken cuttings as an insurance, in case we have a hard or very wet winter and because I want a big clump next year, to combine with that orange helenium.
Some of the seed raised dahlias, Bishops Children, have come almost exactly true to the Bishop of Landaff. They flower in their first year but like the verbenas, second year plants really bulk up. I recommend the seed as a good way of building a collection of these dark leaved beauties. I bought mine from Sarah Raven. I have been really pleased with all the seeds I have bought from her.
One of my other half’s favourite plants, a joy he shares with the neighbours bees, is Eryngium planum. It has enjoyed the sunshine this summer, as I think we all have. It has certainly been the best one for warmth and sunshine for some years.
The borders are still quite pastel whilst the new perennials begin to bulk up, and some of the stars we put in for high summer are also on the feminine side. I just adore this combination of Clematis Crystal Fountain and Justa with Gertrude Jekyll rose. It took Crystal Fountain a long time to establish after I bought it from Raymond Evison directly but the £1 purchase of Justa from a supermarket has been much quicker.
I’m joining in for the first time with Garden Bloggers bloom day, hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. It’s great to see what is in flower all around the world.