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.