Checking back on October Blooms Day last year, it is clear that the most reliable October bloomers are dahlias, salvias, persicaria, cosmos and sedum with a few near perfect roses in the mix too. Above, from left to right and top to bottom are dahlias Twynings After Eight, Cafe au Lait, Happy Single Juliet, unknown, Duet, Bishop of Leicester, Happy Halloween, Snowball and a lovely scarlet cactus dahlia grown from seed. All are still going strong, eking out as much existence as they can before the first frosts.
A few roses are bringing pleasure: Sweet Dreams, Madame Alfred Carriere, Blush Noisette, Crown Princess Margarita, The Pilgrim…
In the bold borders Persicaria ‘Blackfield’ looks striking next to Verbena ‘Lollipop’, with Nasturtium ‘Mahogany’ sprawling below them:
Above these are this year’s surprising star, Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Glow’, bought as a £2.99 for 3 bonus with something else, and thriving like no other perennial rudbeckia has ever done in this garden:
Annual rudbeckias like Irish Eyes are a more expected success:
Some astrantias are having a second flush, like ‘Star of Beauty’ and ‘Buckland’:
Salvia ‘Neon’ (left) brushes off winter, has flowered since June and has wonderfully blackcurrant scented leaves (Persicaria ‘Jo and Guido’ behind it), whereas ‘Amistad’ (right) is less winter hardy and started flowering later but is still a wonderful asset. Both are readily propagated by cuttings.
There is no stopping comos:
And sedum are at their best (here, S ‘Thunderhead’):
It’s hard to believe that we are more than half way through October – I wonder how many of these blooms will still be starring in November? Chloris of The Blooming Garden celebrates the stars of her garden every month and encourages us to do the same so please check out her blog in due course and see what’s happening there and elsewhere. Thanks Chloris for giving us this opportunity!