There are more flowers in the garden than ever this month, as plants start to settle into their stride in the pockets of borders we have made so far.
The tall cosmos in shades of white and pink brighten up both sides of the garden, I particularly enjoy the vivid jewel tones amid lush green foliage.
In the field border, the rudbeckia (R. fulgida var. speciosa) are flowering, their golden tones illuminating the dark leaves of the sambucus nigra behind, just as I envisaged when I planted them here. It’s so pleasing when something translates well from your mind’s eye to reality… especially as it’s quite rare for me to have such a strong image in mind. The effect should become even bolder in future as both plants settle in and expand.
This splash of warm sunshine at the back really lifts the otherwise cool border. I didn’t think I would want too many hot colours in this border, but now I am thinking that some helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’ would make rather a good addition in future too. Meanwhile, the ammi majus and echinacea purpurea continue to add drama to this border in their more muted colour palette alongside the cosmos.
Spires of larkspurs stud the border in shades of deep purple, ethereal white and candy pink. I’m not a huge fan of this shade of pink, but with deep orange calendula and sky blue borage sprawled around its ankles (not quite captured in this shot) it make a strangely alluring combination glimpsed from the house and I can’t quite bring myself to dislike it as much as I thought.
The nearby rose has put on a second flush, bringing a few more glimpses of gold to this end of the border.
Against the shed, the clematis ‘Nelly Moser’ has been released from its pot and has begun to climb gingerly up the trellis we installed a few weeks ago.
In time, this should make a good backdrop for this border when viewed from the house as it scrambles up the shed behind the birches.
The buddleia has leapt into bloom in the past few weeks also. Once again I love its deep magenta spires of flowers, that are already frequently covered in butterflies, notably the red admiral so far. I am full of admiration for this plant that has survived several attempts on its life in the past year during the construction work – a tale to amuse in a future post.
Nearby, the leucanthemum have really begun to sprawl now, almost obliterating some of the plants around the margins of their clump – I must remember to stake this innocuous looking clump early in the year next year, to keep the daisies within some confines and prevent the slightly flattened look they are now starting to show. Around them, those delicious purple poppies are reaching their last few flowers, while their seed pots stand bold.
They have almost swallowed up the magnificent velvety dark red snapdragon ‘Black Prince’ that my mum gave me. Hard to capture just how textured these flowers are, or their deep dark colour, which lights up in the sunlight to glow scarlet, but is a sultry almost black velour when not in the spotlight.
The hydrangea paniculata ‘Bombshell’ continues to flower patiently in its pot, waiting for some more digging and earth-moving to find it a home.
And just outside the kitchen doors, the unknown agapanthus bought from Crocus is covered in beautiful blooms.
Ah, August, such a riot of colour despite the quickening days.
Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this month’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.