Friday, 16 October 2015

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - October 2015

It might be the middle of October but there is still plenty of colour in the garden. Be it autumnal trees and shrubs or late flowering perennials, there is something for everyone. We've had some lovely weather over the past couple of weeks, along with the exceptional autumn colour it really is a wonderful season.

The huge hips of Rosa rugosa, a great plant for tough, exposed sites and clay soil, makes a good hedge with
white, pink or purple flowers and these great big hips in autumn

Acer platanoides 'Goldsworth Purple', a large and vigerous tree with deep reddish purple leaves,
growing to 36 feet with scented light green flowers in spring

Acer capillipes, a small snakebark Maple

Aronia, an under used shrub with white flowers in summer,
 black berries and fabulous autumn colour

Aster 'Little Carlow' and Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Rosea', this combination works very well, and
it is nice to have some pastel colours at this time of year to balance the vibrant autumnal reds and yellows

An autumn influenced floral arrangement for my desk, including Solidago, grass
seedheads, Persicarias and Rudbeckias

Blueberries are one of my favourite plants. Lovely foliage colour in spring, white flowers, blueberries for
eating and then this amazing autumn foliage, what's not to like?

A great combination, Sanguisorba and grasses, planted with other perennials they give a light and airy
feel to any border

Autumn colour on tiny cotoneaster and Gentiana Sino Ornata in the back ground

Frothy white Asters make a great back drop to large herbaceous borders

Gentiana Sino Ornata

Lysimachia 'Fire Cracker', Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Rosea' and
Molinias, a great combination of foliage and flowers

An autumn welcome at the nursery

Towering Aconitums

Aster umbellatus, ideal for the back of the border and it also has good autumn foliage colour

Helenium 'Riverton Gem', a later flowering variety with it's cheery bright flowers

Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Alba', Another later flowering Persicaria, although
the individual flowers are thin and elegant, altogether they make
a bright spot in a shady border

Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm', a classic favourite forming a good sized clump of a plant over time with it's golden yellow
flowers, guaranteed to brighten up the garden

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  1. What superb autumn colour Rona. I love the nursery scene with your wee bridge. I almost picked up some of those Gentian at Hopetoun yesterday. You are making me regret not doing so.
    Hope your week is a good one.

    1. Thanks Angie, it really has been a lovely autumn, amazingly I've had that Gentian for about 15 years, it must be very happy in that trough :) Have a great week too :)

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