Friday, 13 August 2010

Garden note

As the Echinacea flowers fade away, spikes of Agastache have just begun to flower.

My constant aim is how to prolong he flowering season in the garden and, as it seems, I am slowly achieving it. The garden reaches it's best in June/July , depending on the weather. The thing is, you have to learn sometimes by trial and error to see what's looking the best in your garden depending on climate and soil type. And, even the perfectly planned flower bed fails sometimes because the plants just do not flower when they are supposed to. In the first years of planning my borders, there was lots of digging out and rearranging of the plants until I found the perfect spot and combination.
Anyway, in late summer and autumn there are still some flowers to come - Agastache, Rudbeckias, Asters, Sedum spectabilis, Sedum telephium, and Anemone japonica. Verbena bonariensis, Rudbeckia fulgida, Liriope muscari and Ruselia equisetiformis are flowering at the moment.
Verbena bonariensis grown up from seed this spring is already flowering this season. Great! It is great "filling in" plant.

Sedum spurium 'Variegatum' and Sedum sp. are planted in an old tree trunk.

Ruselia equisetiformis has to go inside during the winter and I grow it in the pot.
Liriope muscari is good for semi-shade or shade.

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