|Achillia Tutti Frutti Pomigranate|
Late summer we have a lot of tall perennials flowering like spikes or candles at the back of the border. Many of perennials in the asteraceae family, the daisy group make a wonderful show of colour now such as the echinacea, leucanthemum daisys, asters, helleniums (below), achillia (pictured above) and rudbeckia to name a few.
|Hellenium Morheim Beauty|
A reliable old favourite a daisy in a rich coppery colour. This flowers into autumn.
|Achillia Summer Fruts Lemon|
Like the millefolium Achiliia Tutti Fruitti Pomigranate above this is another new tangy coloured achillea.Compact flower heads on these new varieties sit like colourful plates in the beds bringing another layer of interest and a good burst of colour.
Echinacea is simply a wonderful flower for wildlife as the cone makes a perfect landing platform
|Verconicastrum virginicum 'Facination'|
|Verbena rigida Venosa|
|Campanula latifolia Prichards Variety|
Another great plant for sun or part shade. Probably best suits mid border planting. Self supporting and and long flowering if you snip back any fading flower heads to the up and coming new shoots lower down the stem.
|Anemone Wild Swan|
Well its only a simple scabious but just look at that colour. Its fabulous.It is biennal so it has to be replanted or allowed to reseed like aquilegia but its so gorgeous it deserves a punt.
|Stachis Monieri Hummelo|
Above we have the perfect blues. Lavender,agapanthus and Salvia nemorosa Caradonna. I love this combination. All can equally go in easy perennial containers. I have many pots of agapanthus as they thrive on neglect which is what happerns to the garden of a Nursery owner who has very little time for their own garden! These all apprieciatia sunny positions and well drained soil.
|Penstemon Dark Towers|
Penstemon Dark Towers and similarly Husker Red (white flowers) has not yet had enough publisty. Forget your standard penstemon. This looks more like a lobelia. It is tall, about 75cm and could do with some support but just delight in the towers of deep red foliage and think what depth of colour that will introduce to your border even when not in flower. Its not fussy and will tolerate sun or partilal shade. Cut back old flower spikes to encourage it to continue flowering into autumn. Treat it like any other perennial rather than a conventional penstemon such as Garnet or Raven where we do do cut back old shoots until we have the new in the spring. Its worth mentioning that penstemons are great for producing a mass of colour and plugging gaps as an alternative to the perfect Geranium Rozanne.
|Geranium Orkney Cherry|