The Stopwatch Gardener

A gardening blog from Sheila M. Averbuch

Rich colours in the late summer garden, no matter what I do


I’ve never tried to make a rich display for late summer, creating those kind of semitropical displays with canna lilies that Christopher Lloyd loved so much. I don’t like cannas, or bananas, and the dahlias I tried were martyrs to earwigs.

But no matter what I do (or don’t do) my garden seems to do the rich colour thing at this time of year, in mid-to-late August.

Everywhere is the backdrop of overgrown green foliage, and even one or two points of sharp colour against it — the crocosmia, the red rose Etoile de Holland and clematis Polish Spirit — create that sumptuous feeling.

What is gorgeous in your garden this week?

3 Comments to

“Rich colours in the late summer garden, no matter what I do”

  1. On August 17th, 2013 at 12:25 pm Eilidh Wilson Says:

    Loving those colours Sheila – the deep purple and dark green foliage is a great backdrop for the hotter Crocosmia…lovely!

  2. On August 19th, 2013 at 10:39 am The StopWatch Gardener Says:

    Thanks Eilidh – I’m so glad I took a picture of that when it looked vivid, because the rose dropped its petals a day or two later. It’s like slow-motion fireworks, isn’t it, everything in the garden? Blink (slowly) and you miss it!

  3. On September 6th, 2013 at 9:56 am Philip Sim Says:

    I have that crocosmia everywhere too – one of the few flowers left by the previous owner. Some of it didn’t flower though – I think I need to split it.

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