Summer Inspirations

The mid to late summer months can be the most challenging for gardeners when it comes to injecting colours in the borders

Once the explosion of spring colour finally dwindles, most gardens are left devoid of colour, as shrubs and trees start to dominate. Michael Cookson from Newgate Nurseries gives us his top 10 late summer perennials These are plants that will put on a show from late June to September/October and return each year.

Alstroemeria Indian Summer – gold/red flowers on black foliage makes this a stunning sight. This plant is extremely hardy.

Rudbeckia – gold/burnt orange daisy like flowers are produced throughout the summer. There are numerous varieties.

Agapanthus – this Egyptian lily is a favourite for modern gardens with its grassy foliage and tall elegant flower spikes which last into autumn.

Agastache Black Adder – this tall elegant perennial is a magnet for bees and butterflies. Its scented foliage and long-lasting blue/purple flowers make this a top choice.

Crocosima Lucifer – there is no better red flowering perennial. This stunning flower lights up in July/August.

Verbena Lollipop – this dwarf variety produces lilac flowers throughout the summer.

Sedum Autumn Joy – this drought tolerant plant produces flat pink flower heads which prove a haven for the admiral butterfly.

Geranium Rosanne – the perfect plant for dry shade.

Hesperantha – the kaffir lily is the latest flowering perennial with delicate pink/red flowers until November.

Anemone – these shade loving perennials light up September with white and pink saucer shaped flowers on lush green foliage.



Tedd Walmsley

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