Best Blooms in August

Every month, Chloris of The Blooming Garden encourages us to post pictures of our star performers and it is always interesting to see what is blooming elsewhere as well as checking monthly progress in our own gardens.

Visible from our kitchen windows and giving me great pleasure is this combined clump at the end of the streamside planting: Persicaria ‘Blackfield’ and Lythrum ‘Dropmore Purple’. I only discovered lythrum last year and although two or three plants were added to the garden this is the only one so far that is thriving, despite irregular watering over the hot summer. It may be streamside planting, but being an artificial stream the border is no moister than anywhere else although perhaps its position between the paved area and the butyl liner of the stream may have created a damper area than might have een expected.

Persicaria is a star throughout the garden and has become one of my favourite plants in recent years. Here it mingles happily with Salvia ‘Neon’, a reliable and hardy salvia that has proved its worth by sailing through last winter. Unsure about how much to cut it back, I exercised caution two years ago but last year was confident to cut it back severely to the lowest buds in the spring, giving it a better and much less leggy shape. Like most salvias, cuttings are easy to take and invariably successful.

I was pleased that the humble Busy Lizzie has made a comeback this year with downy mildew resistant varieties: these faux lead effect pots contain a total of 6 Busy Lizzie plants which have been in full bloom since the end of May – needing no deadheading and little watering. What value! What colour!

New to me this year is nemesia, bought as bedding plants to supplement the white annuals filling the snowdrop border this summer, so experiencing its all-pervading fragrance was an absolutely novelty, one which will be repeated next year.

In the cutting beds dahlias are at their peak and subject to much gazing and fondling; having picked a number for tomorrow’s vase  the overall effect is temporarily reduced but will soon recover:

Last week’s Monday vase included stems of Clematis heracleifolia ‘New Love’; this has such a delightfully rich and deep blue blooms that have been blooming for  many weeks. Looking a little unruly, next year I will need to incorporate a better staking regime, and early in the season too.

Echinops is at it peak in August, and although not as stunning as some years, the bees still love it. This one, I think, is ‘Blue Globe’:

Finally, making a repeat visit is amaranthus – it continues to make such an impact that inclusion for another month is a must…all this from the tiniest of seeds:

Thanks to Chloris for facilitating this monthly round-up; do visit her blog where she will be listing her star performers in due course and providing links to other blogs.

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21 Responses to Best Blooms in August

  1. bcparkison says:

    Sad state here. Nothing blooming and still a lot to cut anf dig out so hopefully there will be a garden next time around. Boy…when things go south it takes a while to make a come back. but…I’ll keep at it.

  2. Oh that combination in the first photo is most striking Cathy and the grass at the base helps everything to knit together so well. Is the grass hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’? Amaranthus seed is so fine and diddy – it’s amazing that it unleashes such growth.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna – I am really pleased with how the revamped border is doing although I still get a lot of couch grass popping up 😐 I think the grass is that hakonechloa but will check in due course

  3. These are gorgeous! I love the Blue Globe. Love the full blooms this time of year.

  4. tonytomeo says:

    Busy Lizzie looks great! Ours stagnated this year, but there was no indication of mildew. They just did not grow. I did not mind early in the season, because the weather was so mild. Yet, they did not grow any better when the weather got warm either.

    • Cathy says:

      They have not been available in the UK for a few years because of downy mildew, Tony

      • tonytomeo says:

        There were almost unavailable here as well. They had not been quarantined, but the growers could not grow them. When a few occasionally showed up in nurseries, they were displayed with a sign warning about the potential for mildew. Except for the ‘normal’ bits of mildew I saw on rare occasion over the years, I have never seen this new super-mildew.

  5. LisaDay says:

    Lovely. Such beautiful variety and so full of colour.

  6. Ali says:

    Cathy, do you grow Amaranthus from your own seed? I fancy growing some next year. They look lovely with Dahlias.

  7. Chloris says:

    Thank you Cathy for sharing your August favourites. I love the bright colours of the blooms you have chosen. Everything looks so refreshed after the rain and the garden seems to have taken on a new lease of life. Salvia ‘Neon’ is gorgeous, rather like ‘Water Melon’. Busy Lizzies are great value, lovely that we can grow them again, they brighten up the gloomiest corners; I grow white ones under my weeping pear. I love your amaranthus too I haven’t grown it for years but after seeing yours it will go on next year’s list.
    I have lost my blogging mojo a bit lately, some times life gets in the way, but you have inspired me to get on and I will get out my list of August favourite blooms in the next couple of days. Thank you.

    • Cathy says:

      Hope all is OK despite the loss of blogging mojo – but we know there is more to life than blogging anyway.I used to like the mixed BLs but prefer them as single colours. White ones will definitely be on my list for the snowdrop border for next year, now we know they can be successful again. It is humid here today but there have been bouts of very fine misty rain which I am sure the garden will love.

  8. Christina says:

    Love the colour if your Ameranth. You’re right they do have tiny seeds and seedlings, hard to believe how quickly they grow.

  9. Noelle says:

    Great to see what is doing well in your garden..and what a view from your Kitchen!

  10. Cathy that so beautiful views from your kitchen: they are magnificent. Busy Lizzie in her pots with that beautiful flower I like a lot. The Nemesia is fantastic with its white bells and its perfume. The Amaranth I love coming from such a small seed such a great and divine flower. I like all your flowers of August Cathy: they are all wonderful. Greetings from Margarita.

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