I’m looking out on my garden which I’d say is 95% green so I’m writing here about late summer colour for those of us who haven’t got a lot apart from green.
Here’s the front
Front garden looking from the front door
and here’s the back.
Back garden where planting is mostly green
I read about late summer colour and see gardens full of dahlias, asters, red hot pokers, heleniums, sunflowers, rudbeckias, echinaceas, salvias, and lush herbaceous borders flowering their hearts out. Many gardens open around now to show off their dahlia collections and some have prairies with swathes of oranges and reds.
Well I don’t have any of that and maybe you don’t either.
Where can we get a bit of colour if we can’t or don’t grow those fabulous late flowering plants?
Well if I look a bit closer I can see lots of little bits of colour scattered around. I just need to notice them.
So here are my six spots of colour
Pink Japanese anemones – a spreading thug but looks good and will flower for months
A wonderful low growing creeping sedum called Red Cauli (available from online nurseries)
African Basil giving colour and scent well into winter and sedum coming into flower
Hardy geranium flowers – scattered here and there, gorgeous blues and purples
Grasses giving gold and bronze in a yellow pot
A dark buddleja still flowering
and of course lots of green: gorgeous, fabulous, wonderful, evergreen, winter colour, swaying in the breeze, thousand shades of green. That what gardens are – green. I love it.
This theme of Six things in our garden is hosted by the Propagator and over on his blog you can find other people’s sixes. Thankyou as always to him for giving us this idea.