|crab apple autumn fruits in the October sunshine|
The crab apple tree is laden with scarlet miniature apples. These will become such a tasty treat for the blackbirds once the very cold weather arrives.
|Schizostylis coccinea major | Kaffir Lily|
The scarlet Kaffir lilies have just started to flower. Here in Scotland I’ve discovered that these plants need plenty of sunlight otherwise the stems grow too long and flop. I have two clumps in the garden and there’s such a difference in stem length between those in the shade and those grown in the brighter conditions.
|Calamagrostis flowering plumes give good October garden interest|
The late summer and autumn flowering plumes of Calamagrostis grasses make great architectural focal points in the garden though take quite a few years ‘to bulk out’ in the border.
|Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ with the purple berries from the Callicarpa Beauty bush in the background|
Karl Foerster grows in the Mini Dixter part of the garden. Behind this grass grows a Callicarpa shrub which is full of purple berries at the moment … another treat for the birds over the next few months.
|Erigeron karvinskianus daisy flowers give good October garden interest|
This little Mexican Fleabane daisy has been terrific all summer as it softly trails over the pot. Next year I’d really like to get a few more of these as they seem to flower for months. I don’t think this one would survive in such a small pot over the winter time so very soon I’ll move it into the border for more frost protection. (click on Scottish Hardiness Ratings to discover how to keep your plants safe during the winter months)
|Purple scabious flowers|
This purple scabious just keeps flowering as I’ve been very diligent with the dead heading this year.
|Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’ give good October garden interest|
No autumn garden should be without at least a few varieties of Sedum to help feed the pollinating insects. This one is Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’.
|Pink Aster (one of the Island Series of mildew resistant varieties)|
There are still a few solitary bees visiting the garden. Some weeks ago I watched a bee quite similar to this one burrow into the soil as it made a nest to overwinter in. I just wonder how many more have little underground nests all over the garden!
|Purple Aster in my Mini Dixter|
This aster is the most vigorous aster (unknown variety – incorrect label on plant at purchase) in my garden and Verbena bonariensis towers above it.
|Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldstrum’ give good October garden interest|
Next to the purple asters I grow 3 clumps of Rudbeckia ‘Goldstrum’. I’ve always found Rudbeckia slow to establish in this garden – not so sure if it’s down to location or Perthshire winters and heavy soil.
|Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’ hops|
While draping over the blue arch are long stems with cascades of hops. This plant isn’t well behaved the older it gets and needs to be kept well within bounds. Last year it didn’t produce any hops but this year it’s made up for lost time.
Finally here’s the birds eye view of a small part of the garden in October.
What plants are looking their best in your garden just now?
All of these photos have been taken over the past few days. There are loads more that I haven’t shared for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. The rest are in this What Looks Good In October G+ album. (clicking on this link will bring up all the images on 1 page). You can also compare my garden this year with previous October GBBD posts: