August Colour

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It’s now August and I’m relying on my perennials for giving me the ‘tropical’ August colour in the garden. Red, yellow and orange summer flowering plants are great at attracting the butterflies into the garden. Painted ladies, Small Tortoiseshells and Large and Small Whites just love to feed on the nectar on the tall stems of the Verbena bonariensis.

Small Tortoiseshell butterfly
Small Tortoiseshell

August Colour

From my kitchen window I look over at a large clump of Crocosmia Lucifer against the leaves of the Humulus lupus /golden hop. In addition there’s the yellow umbels from the light and airy Foeniculum vulgare  /bronze fennel.  Along with the dazzling yellow blooms from Hemerocallis Bonanza.
 
Crocosmia Lucifer - august colour in the garden
Crocosmia Lucifer – good August colour
Foeniculum vulgare Bronze Fennel - august colour in the garden
Foeniculum vulgare / Bronze Fennel – good August colour
Hemerocallis Bonanza - august colour in the garden
Bright sunshine from Hemerocallis Bonanza – good August colour

Potentilla fruticosa

Potentilla fruticosa / Shrubby Cinquefoil shrubs are plentiful in this garden. In fact I’ve got 70 yellow ones. Yes you’ve read that correctly – it’s 70! They are grown as 2 hedges along the perimeter of the garden. While another 6 different varieties are dotted around the garden.  These shrubs are great plants to attract hover flies into your garden.
 
Potentilla fruticosa - august colour in the garden
Hedge of Potentilla fruticosa – good August colour
I love these shrubs as they start to bloom in May and by this time of year the 3 foot shrubs are a mass of blooms.  Mine will keep flowering until the end of September.
Potentilla fruticosa Red Ace with Heuchera Spotlight - august colour in the garden
Potentilla fruticosa Red Ace with Heuchera Spotlight in the background – good August colour
They are so easy to tend. One good haircut with either the garden shears or hedge trimmer and some blood fish and bone meal each Spring is all that they need. Furthermore they won’t flower so well in the shade so find them a sunny home if possible.  As a result they will reward you will wonderful blooms over a long period of time.  
Potentilla fruticosa Hopleys Orange - august colour in the garden
Potentilla fruticosa  Hopleys Orange
And even if its been raining they are great subjects for refraction photography.
 
Potentilla fruticosa Katherine Dykes - august colour in the garden
Potentilla fruticosa Katherine Dykes
 
Rosie Nixon
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Rosie is based in Perth, Perthshire as a garden photographer, writer and nature lover. She enjoys soaking up nature in her own garden and is easily distracted from doing the weeding by anything that flutters, flies, buzzes, creeps or crawls! She enjoys sharing the beauty of creation through her photography. Rosie has been featured on TV on BBC2's The Beechgrove Garden and she uses the Scottish outdoors as her natural light studio. Her work can be seen at the only photographic gallery in Scotland - Close Gallery, 4b Howe Street, Edinburgh.

27 Responses

  1. noel

    aloha rosie,

    that goes to show that you can have hot blooms in a perennial bed…love all your different portaculas

  2. AaronVFT

    Never stop showing your lilies! I love the daylily! The potentilla looks so cute! Crocosmia is gorgeous too. That butterfly is so colourful!

  3. PatioPatch

    nice to see how 'hot' it is up there! Love the soft focus on your yellow potentillas and the waterdrop reflection is pure magaic

    Laura x

  4. Melanie

    Because potentilla is very hardy and colourful it is unfortunately overused in all municipal plantings around here. Makes us want to not have it in our gardens. Yours look wonderful though Rosie and I like the idea of having a hedge of them.

  5. One

    I learn something new; refraction photography. It's beautiful. Thanks Rosie for sharing.

  6. Tammie Lee

    so many beauties, that last photo of the raindrops and the image of the flower in it, is amazing!

  7. lotusleaf

    Lovely flowers. Nice to know that red and yellow flowers attract butterflies, as my garden is full of red and flowers.

  8. Noelle

    Hi Rosie,

    What gorgeous bright colored flowers! But, what really got my attention is your beautiful photo of the raindrops is just breathtaking 🙂

  9. mARTy

    what a wonderful picture-lovely and thanks for visiting my blog-happy monday;-)

  10. maiaT

    All these flowers and photos are amazing but i have my eyes only on that gorgeous butterfly and the raindrop. On the enlarged butterfly photo all the fine hair on its body is visible, great work Rosie!

  11. Priscilla

    Your butterfly photography is amazing and lovely summer blooms! Your garden is so relaxing to look at! Thanks for posting 🙂

  12. Kanak

    Amazing colours in your garden, Rosie! Love the butterfly shot with all the amazing details. I did try out some refraction photography but have not been really satisfied with the results–so far. Yours is out of this world!

    Pleasure to visit you….always!

  13. Andrea

    HI Rosie, they are all wonderful but i am biased with the refracted photo, see i already learned the term! haha! I also dug into all the links you put here, even if my computer is like a centipede. You inspired me to do that too, i will tell you if i was successful. thanks for the new knowledge.

  14. Andrea

    Hello again Rosie, this is my second comment in this post, hehe. I have been trying the refraction photography last Sunday, but i retreated withoug getting a successful nice one. Grrrr! That means i still have to do it again this weekend when i go to the province home. I even brought water and a teaspoon to add more drops, but without reflection. I accept it as a challenge Rosie. thanks.

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