Top Ten Blooms in September

I have been participating in Garden Bloggers Blooms Day for about 5 years but of late have just done a blooms round-up for my own records rather than join in with the GBBD meme itself. Chloris of The Blooming Garden, however, has been celebrating her top ten plants each month and I shall nominally link to this in future.

The ‘Water Lily’ colchicum shown above only just scraped into my list of plants, appearing suddenly between one ramble and the next. Despite a showery day, they still look pristine – but sadly not for long, I expect. I planted some single white colchicum last year and am hoping for a similar but whiter surprise too.

Persicaria have been making an impact in the garden for weeks – ‘Blackfield‘, below, is shorter than most of the other varieties I grow, and forms an integral part of this colour  splash in one of the bold borders, alongside Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Glow’ and R. ‘Goldsturm’, Crocosmia ‘Constance’, Verbena ‘Lollipop’ and Nasturtium ‘Mahogany’:

In the same border, herbaceous Clematis heraclifolia ‘New Love’, Clematis ‘Kingfisher’ and wayward Japanese anemones in the background. Latish flowering C heraclifolia grow to about 3-4 feet on stiff stems and are supposedly good in a vase – but I moved mine from the centre of the bed to the back corner last year so it has taken a step back this year and you haven’t seen it in a vase this year.

All the dahlias have been wonderful this year, most flowering since June but beginning to tail off a little after recent heavy showers. ‘Duet’ and ‘Glow’ are just two of them:

The only rose still making any impact is ‘The Poet’s Wife’ in the shrub border, full of bloom again after a short lull in late July. I am overhauling some of my roses before next year and continuous flowering will be an important factor in my final choice:

The cosmos in a pot in front of The Poet’s Wife has been flowering all summer; supposedly a dwarf mix, they are instead a tall single white variety and totally unsuitable to life in a pot! Ah well…

In the cutting beds,  similar Cosmos ‘Purity’ has been equally generous with flowers, but is not as attractive as Cosmos ‘Click Cranberry’:

Also in the cutting beds is a large clump of Amaranthus caudatus,  flowering since June too and providing material for several vases and numerous tactile strokes when passing by it. Like cosmos, this is SUCH an easy annual to grow from seed and has never failed me.

A similarly easy and reliable annual, also flowering for months, is this scarlet Alonsoa, a plant I discovered quite by chance when I needed to make a small purchase to get something else free; next year I must ensure I plant up some alonsoa in my bold borders to provide vivid splashes of red during the summer. Also in the picture is Aster ‘Strawberry Crush’, easy to grow but slow to flower.

At this time of year sedums come into their own, and I especially like those with darker leaves like Sedum ‘Thunderhead’, shown below in the shrub border and contrasting nicely with surrounding foliage and crab apple ‘Golden Hornet’:

Finally, from three tiny ‘shrublets’ a couple of years ago we now have a luscious little hedge of Caryopteris ‘Heavenly Blue’, today very much appreciated by bees despite the showery weather. What a heavenly blue it is!

These are my September stars, a mix of annuals, bulbs, tubers, herbaceous perennials and shrubs: I wonder what blooms will have a starring role in October?

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33 Responses to Top Ten Blooms in September

  1. in says:

    the poet’s rose is absolutely gorgeous!

  2. Heyjude says:

    Your garden is delightful, I too love the ‘Poet’s Wife’ rose for its name as much as the flower!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jude – I only showed the delightful bits though! PW must have had hundreds of blooms over the season, a real star – apart from growing much taller than expected!

      • Heyjude says:

        The one I saw in David Austin’s garden in Albrighton was in a huge terracotta container and very tall. I don’t think she is a shrinking violet 🙂

        • Cathy says:

          And yet in the catalogue it suggests she is good for a front of border position, where mine is. I emailed them the other week to ask how I could keep it shorter – they suggest pruning it to 2ft in winter

  3. Pretty blooms indeed. I like those berries too.

  4. Your garden looks gorgeous. What a season for gardening it’s been here in southern Ontario. The dahlias are magnificent here too. But the tha seems to have had the best year (at least that I can remember) is hydrangea — all sorts of hydrangea have done remarkably well this year.

  5. Cathy says:

    September is always more colourful than I think it will be, and your garden ceratinly has plenty of bold colour still. I love the smaller Persicaria Blackfield too, which I planted after seeing yours I think, a couple of years ago. Love the Prairie Glow next to it… inspiration for me!

    • Cathy says:

      No I believe you had your Blackfield first, Cathy, but let’s not split hairs! That’s when I actively galvanised myself to seek it out and ended up with about 4 others as well, none as striking as Blackfield though apart from Fat Domino which I especially love too

      • Cathy says:

        You are probably right. I have got a head like a sieve! If I ever find a Fat Domino that will be the next one I want…

        • Cathy says:

          I will have to see if my FD could cope with removal of a little side shoot that I could send you via your M&D. Sadly, no joy with Briza seeds as they seem to have a mind of their own and dropped their seed really early, producing lots of babies in adjacent paving cracks. Sorry about that. At least if you purchase seeds, you will never be without them, ever again!

          • Cathy says:

            That would be lovely Cathy. Yes, my little Briza also more or less disintegrated at seed time too. I will try and find seeds to sow myself. Thanks anyway!

          • Cathy says:

            Once foliage has died down in that part of the shrub border I will have a little poke round in the soil and see how easy it would be to take a little division for you. Would your M&D be able to pot it up for you if I sent it there?

          • Cathy says:

            Oh yes, my Mum is an expert at potting things up. 😉 I’ll be in the UK for a flying visit again in the second October week, as my parents are celebrating their diamond wedding. But I am sure she would make it transportable at Christmas too if I asked her! I have brought back carefully wrapped Pulmonaria in my suitcase before now, so it should be possible! Let me know if you can find a little piece and I will send you my Mum’s address. Thanks Cathy!

          • Cathy says:

            You are welcome – as you are in the UK soon I will try and access the persicaria before then. Can’t promise though, as it is only a couple of years old and I have no idea how much it will have bulked up underground

  6. Chloris says:

    A lovely September selection Cathy and thank you for joining in. You have inspired me to prowl round the garden and select my top ten for this month. Ì have been away and I am looking forward to seeing what’s new.
    I love persicarias and ‘ Blackfield’ is a gorgeous one.
    Thunderhead is a new sedum to me, what a fabulous colour.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chloris – I will amend my link once you have posted…didn’t intend to chivy you into action! I have some rooted Thunderhead if you would like one…

      • Chloris says:

        I’d love one, thank you Cathy. And as we speak seeds of Bupleurum ‘Bronze Beauty’ are winging their way to you.

        • Cathy says:

          Will send it out soon – it was only cut this year so is still small but very well rooted. I would keep it in a pot over winter. Look forward to the BBB – thank you!

  7. Beautiful! Looks like your autumn garden is still going strong.

  8. Pauline says:

    Love your chosen ten, Spetember is a good month for colour in the garden.

  9. I think September is the best blooming month of the year.

    • Cathy says:

      Ooh, I am not sure I agree with you on that… but then again, there is always something in bloom here so it woud be hard to pick out the most floriferous month

  10. thepeepers says:

    What a glorious garden! Must make you very happy pottering about in it

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you – although these views show only parts of it, and it is certainly all far from glorious, but yes, I am very happy pottering and rambling

  11. LisaDay says:

    It’s a great feature. Gives me ideas. I am a fan of continual blooming, preferably with little work. Apparently, I am a lazy gardener.

  12. Cathy ten beautiful and very different plants. Especially I love Blackfield, all the Dahlias and Sedum “Thunderhead” with its beautiful color. Your garden is a wonderful box of surprises. Greetings from Margarita.

  13. rickii says:

    i like this idea. felt like bloom day was getting too repetitious to continue. im picking up some ideas here for things to try next year.

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