What’s in bloom in September? The garden has mostly had to look after itself for the past month and has coped pretty well despite having been a very absentee gardener. Despite my absence here are my reliable late summer bloomers which are flowering today for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Furthermore, they are all listed with their Scottish hardiness ratings.
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In Bloom in September
Monbretia: Lucifer takes to the stage in August while September is the best month for this passalong Crocosmia. The clump grows alongside a Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ so hence the reason for the lovely dark coloured leaves in the background of the photograph.
|Crocosmia H4/5 blooms alongside Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’|
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Lysimachia ciliata ‘Firecracker’
Loosestripe: It just shows how desperate I was when I bought this plant though after 3 years it still has never become invasive as the border is so wet. It grows alongside the Primula japonica ‘Millers Crimson‘.
|Lysimachia ciliata ‘Firecracker’ H4-5|
Globe Thistle: This plant with its thistle like leaves is just starting to become established in the garden. In fact it’s a great nectar source for the wildlife in the garden.
|Echinops ritro H5|
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Purple loosestrife: A few clumps of Lythrum grow in the same border as the Lysimachia. It’s really tall at between 5-6 feet and grows really well without being invasive and without being staked.
|Lythrum salicaria H5|
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I grow this in the warmest part of the garden where the soil gets sunshine 12 months of the year to protect the bulbs from winter wet and cold. It grows in a sheltered position that traps its fragrance.
|Lilium ‘Stargazer’ – oriental hybrid lily H3/5|
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Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’
Ice plant: I have many clumps around the garden as they are such a great nectar source for the wildlife.
|Sedum spectabile with a Peacock butterfly H4/5
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Verbena and Rudbeckia
|Verbena ridiga H2 alongside Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldstrum’ H5|
Rudbeckia is the star of the borders just now. Moreover, I’m sure it will still be looking good in October too. It grows alongside purple verbenas and Geranium ‘Rozanne’ which makes for a lovely contrast in colour. The verbena will never survive a Scottish winter!
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There are plenty more plants in flower including many from What’s in bloom in August 2012 post …
- Astilbe chinensis H5 with its pink fluffy spires.
- Aster ‘Bahamas’ Island Series H5 with mildew resistant button-shaped blooms in shades of rose red.
- Clematis ‘Gypsy Queen’ H4/5 large flowers scrambling through the foliage.
- Spirea ‘Shirobana’ H5 has a mixture of white and pink flowers all on the same shrub.
|Astilbe chinensis, Aster ‘Bahamas’, Clematis ‘Gypsy Queen’, Spirea ‘Shirobana’|
Caryopteris clandonensis ‘Heavenly Blue’
It has beautiful aromatic silvery-green foliage and striking tiny bright blue flowers. However, this plant needs a sheltered position.
|Caryopteris clandonensis ‘Heavenly Blue’ H3/4|
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Finally, this is my favourite in the border for late summer colour and it’s also the hardiest verbena to grow in Scotland
|Verbena hastata ‘Spires Pink’ H4|
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