Stalwart and Seasonal September Blooms

I am trying to squeeze in a post to join with Chloris and her ‘top blooms’ meme but not only will it be fairly brief but the blooms will be more of a ‘middle-of-the-road’ calibre than top-notch. But that’s how it is, and I like to keep some sort of a record from month to month,  starting with Garden Bloggers’ Blooms Day before moving on to independent posts, and now joining with Chloris.

Above we have stalwart September bloomer, Sedum (now telephium, but I always have to look it up as it does not yet trip off the tongue) ‘Purple Emperor’, contrasting nicely with Carex ‘Bronco’, and below is just one of my many persicaria, all stalwarts, P ‘Inverleith’.

Not the best picture, but it would be unfair not to show the main concentration of dahlias again as they will reliably continue flowering through September unless we have an unusually early frost:

Still doing amazing things in the cutting beds are these clary sage. S horminum ‘Oxford Blue’ and ‘Pink Sundae’; I am sure they haven’t flowered for as long as this before:

Statice is a new favourite for the cutting beds as well as the borders, like the clary sage providing a shot of brightness for months on end. This one is Limonium ‘Purple Attraction (L ‘Rose Light’ has not done as well), shown with Ammi visnaga, which seemed to take ages to flower but is now providing regular pickings for posies:

New to me this year is Physostegia virginiana, a recent acquisition along with Agastache ‘Blue Boa’, both now flowering generously; I hope they both get through the winter satisfactorily. I don’t know why I have never grown the physostegia before, because it is a pretty plant.

Very seasonal is Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Glow’, grown from seed sown in July 2018; a great plant for the back of the border but sadly, I find, short-lived:

When the first Cyclamen hederifolium appear you know that autumn is on its way, and here they are in full flower, naked of their pretty marbled leaves:

Similarly naked are Colchicum ‘Water Lily’ which needed a special ramble to check up on and, yes, they are flowering, but this year hiding their modesty with a surfeit of Geum rivale leaves. A severe culling is needed of the latter, but rigorous deadheading would have been more beneficial. At least the colchicum will have some protection from the weather…

That’s my not-very-inspiring ten for this month, but if you visit our host you will always find something to inspire you – thanks, Chloris.

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6 Responses to Stalwart and Seasonal September Blooms

  1. Cathy your garden is magnificent in bloom in September. You have wonderful flowers that I love all. The ones that have caught my attention the most have been sedum, persicaria, Ammi visnaga, physiostegia and colchicum. But I liked them all very much. Enjoy your garden in bloom. Greetings from Margarita.

  2. Heyjude says:

    The Physostegia virginiana I saw blooming in Heligan was smothered in bees, I hope yours is as popular! I grew Ammi visnaga last year and it also took ages before it flowered, but lovely when it did. I preferred the Ammi majus though for longevity and was hoping it would self-seed, but no such luck. And you have just IDed a plant for me – the Carex Bronco which I have growing in my courtyard and never quite knew whether it was a weed!

  3. I grew both Ammi from seed sown last September and they flowered beautifully but were finished by August. So I am sowing some now and some more next spring in the hope of having them for a longer period. I love the Persicaria and roller

  4. I mean…I was planning to comment that your first vignette/scene was stunning, but then every photo in this post is so pretty! You have some lovely things blooming in your garden!

  5. Chloris says:

    Oh, lovely September blooms. Thank you for joining in with these beauties Cathy,. I missed them when you posted them because 4 days after getting back from Greece I had to pack my bags for a 3 day visit to Shropshire with gardening friends, so I have a lot of blog catching up to do. I seem to have missed my colchicums, they have a9ll collapsed. I love all rudbeckias. I have never grown physotegia either, I can’t think why, it is so pretty.

  6. tonytomeo says:

    Is the sedum in the first picture of the species Sedum spectabile (before the name was changed)? I don’t really know those sedums. I grew one a while ago. They are uncommon here.
    That is rather sweet that you still grow Physostegia virginiana. I have not seen it in many years. I think what I remember from back then was Physostegia venusta.

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