As summer draws towards a close, these are some of my highlights from the borders.

Bee on Dahlia Twyning's Smartei
The bees love the young dahlias planted alongside our greenhouse; this is Twyning’s Smartie, a lovely deep pink with the occasional white petal.
Hydrangea paniculata Limelight

Waiting to be planted out is Hydrangea paniculata Limelight. I love the sparkly sepals suffused with pink as they age.

Althea cannabina

The last few blooms on the long-flowering Althea cannabina unfurl in the sun. I grew this plant from seed a couple of years ago, and love its airy nature and height – reaching somewhere over 8 feet tall currently, it towers over many of our other herbaceous perennials. It makes a great companion here to Verbena bonariensis and Cephalaria gigantea.

Dew on Pennisetum villosum

Dew sparkling on Pennisetum villosum, another seed-raised selection. Every year I am happily surprised to see this rather fickle grass return after another wet winter with its feet in clay.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Undine' flower detail

But my favourite grass at this time of year has to be Miscanthus sinensis Undine; with its smartly striped narrow leaves and an explosion of red flowers that fade to biscuit as they go to seed.

Close up of seed emerging on Miscanthus sinensis 'Undine'

Such a wonderfully tactile plant at all stages.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Undine' in flower

It has great presence in the garden too, and has flowered reliably here every year regardless of the oddities of our summer weather.


14 thoughts on “Fizz

  1. Gorgeous, you have a keen and sympathetic eye for details, not least in grasses. They are notoriously hard to capture but so worth the effort/patience. My undine, a favourite, has flopped a bit this year (5th year), I wonder if I should divide it as I don’t have space for it to arch as it might like to.

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