What’s in bloom in August? It’s the time of year that the fiery coloured blooms start to explode. They are like fireworks in the borders with the Crocosmia and Hemerocallis just at their peak. The garden is full of pollinators and there’s a constant buzz when the sun is shining. We have a land corridor of wildflowers stretching for miles on our doorstep. But due to our harsh spring few butterflies have been seen.
Additionally I’ve started to use Scottish hardy zones for a short time on some of the plants featured on the blog.
- Hardy 5: -20 to -23.3c = 6a USDA rating
- 4 -5: -17.8 to -20.5c = 6b “
- 4: -15 to -17.7c = 7a “
- 3: -12.3 to -14.9c = 7b “
- 2: -9.5 to -12.2c = 8a “
Just stating hardy on the back of a plant label here in the Scotland really just isn’t enough. Considering how pricey plants can be nowadays. Furthermore soil conditions, winter wet and how close you are to the coast need to be considered.
What’s in Bloom in August?
Deinanthe caerulea ‘Blue Wonder’ with its waxy blooms is quite rare to find growing in Scotland. Moreover it’s highly sought after. Once you can give it a dappled shade location it will thrive and give you late summer colour. However the leaves are prone to burning. As a result mine had to move to a shadier position back in late autumn 2010.
Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and other deep red/orange ones are the hardiest to grow up here in Scotland (hardy 5). However the yellow flowering ones (hardy 3) are much more tender. I’ve kept these in the dryer part of the garden. Moreover it’s the winter wet in heavy soil that can kill them. Especially in the first winter after they have been planted.
Anthemis tinctoria ‘Kelwayi’ (hardy 4) is new to the garden this year with lovely yellow disc flowers and finely cut leaves. It died out a few years ago so I’m giving it another chance. It grows quite close to the Crocosmia flowers as it’s a great nectar source.
Leucanthemum | Shasta Daisy is one of my favourites in August. I just love how the bright white flowers light up the border at twilight. Mine is a lost label variety and it’s a clump of about 1 metre square. It breaks all the rules as no garden book would recommend it for the position it grows in here. This plant thrives in a north facing border with horrible wet soil that floods quite regularly. In fact it has also survived winter temperatures down to -17c. A true stalwart indeed though I don’t recommend anyone to start growing theirs in a position like this. Every garden has its own little micro climate and whatever variety I am growing it seems to have adapted well.
Here are a few more of my favourite nectar sources in bloom in August…
Top left: Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (hardy 3-4) Bottom left: Carlina acaulis thistle – a UK Garden Worthy NativeMiddle: Eryngium ‘Blue hobbit’ Far Right: Stachys officinalis ‘Wisley White‘ . This was new to the garden last year and it’s flowering very well for it’s first year in bloom.
Lathyrus odoratus is a new annual for me to grow this year and I have the dwarf sweet peas growing in containers.
I was on a photo shoot last week and the owners had a magnificent display of these growing from 3 feet high stone wall planters. It was really impressive and just like a sea of pink, lavender, purple and cerise trailing over the edges. It went on for about 20 metres or more going along two sides of the house as well as being grown in hanging baskets near the entrance to the front door.
Tropaeolum speciosum (hardy 5) is a great plant for a Scottish garden as long as you give it shady feet. However it’s one plant that has difficulty thriving further down south in England. I always find it difficult to photograph as it climbs up shrubs at the very back of the borders. This little patch is growing up one of my Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii ‘Profusion’ shrubs …which is also in flower. But it’s more renowned for it’s beauty berries later in the year.
Hemerocallis flowers (hardy 5) might last for a day but I couldn’t do without them in the garden. This year the flowering has been much later.
Top left: Hemerocallis ‘Bonanza’ is fragrant but because we have cool summer night temperatures the scent is very poor.
Bottom left: Hemerocallis ‘Strawberry Candy’ with its crinkled petals is flowering for the first time in the garden.
Bottom left small photo: Hemerocallis ‘Pink Damask’ which flowers without fail every year. It’s probably the most vigorous day lily in the garden.
Bottom right small photo: Hemerocallis ‘Crimson Pirate’.