September Stars

Mid-September, and the borders are still blazing, with many of the same stalwarts continuing to shine, and a few newcomers joining the stage.

mid-September blooms in long border

Verbena, rudbeckia, geranium, crocosmia, gaura, echinacea, monarda, nicotiana, salvia, buddleia, nepeta, dahlias and many others continue to flower their socks off, while the achillea and phlox are finally fading with a few last flowers.

Japanese anemones CW from top left: Pamina, Queen Charlotte, Prinz Heinrich, Honorine Jobert

Japanese anemones CW from top left: Pamina, Queen Charlotte, Prinz Heinrich, Honorine Jobert

The first anemones to bloom last month, Robustissima and September Charm, have tailed off in the past couple of days, while the remaining varieties have picked up the gauntlet and are still in full flower. The perfection and simplicity of Honorine Jobert’s lace handkerchief petals make it one of my firm favourites.

Anemone 'Honorine Jobert'

The sweet scented white trombones of Acidanthera sway at the front of the long border, floating above the short pink spires of Agastache Raspberry Daiquiri, with gauzy Stipa tenuissima billowing nearby.

Acidanthera flowers above pink spires of Agastache Raspberry Daiquiri with Stipa tenuissima in foreground

Scabious and sedums are some of September’s superstars. The mounds of sedum (Herbstfreude) are blushing pink and are always covered in bees and butterflies.

Bees and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies on Sedum HerbstfreudeScabious 'Fire King', Sedum 'Herbstfreude' and Pennisetum thunbergii In this border, claret clusters of the annual Scabious ‘Fire King’ complement the similar toned buttons of the Knautia macedonica which continues to flower further down the garden, and a single ‘red button’ on one of the Pennisetum thunbergii raised from seed this spring dances in the sun.

Scabiosa columbaria ssp ochroleuca, phlox and penstemon

Scabiosa columbaria ssp ochroleuca flower

Another result of this spring’s seed sowing frenzy is the Scabiosa columbaria ssp ochroleuca, whose ivory and green pinheads and delicate cut-leaves take over where the fading Leucanthemum nearby have left off, beside echinacea, penstemons and the last flush of a phlox. Scabiosa Clive Greaves continues to push out pale mauve flowers with frilly petticoats, and the billowing clouds of burgundy and white scabious flowers still blooming in the field border looks suspiciously like the perennial ‘Beaujolais Bonnets’, though its origins elude me at the moment. (Did I sow this perennial variety and forget? Did it spring up unbidden, a gift from the birds? A small pretty scabious began to bloom in this spot late last summer, which I presumed to be from a pack of mixed annual scabious seeds. It could perhaps just be a more precocious offspring of this…? Hmm. )

Clematis 'Ernest Markham'

The magnificent blooms of Clematis ‘Ernest Markham’ are enjoying our September sunshine, between showers, above a jumble of purple and white flowers provided by Monarda Schneewittchen, Geranium Orion and Aster frikartii MΓΆnch.

I’m on an almost daily aster-watch, waiting for the buds to burst open on our other varieties, though that will truly herald the change of seasons so I can wait a little longer yet.

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17 thoughts on “September Stars

  1. Hi,

    Beautiful borders! And lucky you to have so many butterflies on your Sedum – they seem to ignore them here? Most of ours have disappeared too, not entirely sure why as the Buddlejas are still blooming 😦
    I love all your Anemones; I don’t seem to have much luck with them, but have managed to get a few blooms off some Honorine Jobert.

    • Thanks. Our butterflies have been rapt with Verbena bonariensis, buddleia (of course) and sedums – even when they were still green. Honorine Jobert is one of the pretties anemones at the minute, quite lovely.

  2. My favourite anemone is Honorine Jobert too, sadly I don’t think mine will flower this year, they were so stressed by the heat, although they aren’t dead, for which I’m grateful. Your garden still looks like summer and not autumn. I love the way you put your plants together to give a full tapestry of colour. Christina

    • Ah, that’s sad – I hope they do surprise you with a late show, and at least they have hopefully survived to fight another year.
      I’m thrilled with how much colour our garden still has, our tapestry is the result of me being infatuated with so many different plants and trying to cram as many as possible into our limited borders πŸ˜‰

  3. Lovely, lovely September beauties (this is my favourite time of year). I am also on “aster watch” as I have a new one – it is a double edged sword – I want to see what it is like, yet when it does, it really will be the beginning of the end!
    K

    • Thanks Karen. Most of our asters have been planted in the past year, so it is their first flowering – I agree that I’m impatient to see them bloom, but know that will mean the very end of the season indeed…

  4. The border in your first picture is an absolute delight – I would like to transplant it into my garden immediately! I shall make a note of your combinations and perhaps use some of them to fill out my incomplete borders next year. The scabious are lovely – I shall definitely have to look out for those – and I haven’t as yet got any asters, so that’s something else to consider.

    • Ah, thanks Cathy. It is only just over a year old, so I’m thrilled with how well it’s performing. Scabious are one of my (many!) latest infatuations, and asters, ah, definitely one of the best performers at this time of year. There are many more I’d like to squeeze in here…

    • The clematis was planted last year, this is the first time it’s flowered, so all the more exciting as it seems to have found its feet – and a lovely rich colour in the September sunshine.

  5. Your September borders are a veritable treasure trove Laura. Like the new look. Is the header your own design? I like the way that tree is positively dancing in the breeze.

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