Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - September 2017

September already how did that happen? It's been a soggy second half to the summer here in our corner of Scotland, and we're still having more wet days than dry, which is a shame as September can be really nice here. Still the autumn colour is starting, which I love and there is still lots of colour in the borders with late flowering perennials and the annuals that will go on until the first frosts. 

Agastache 'Black Adder', Persicaria amplexicaule 'Atrosanguinea'
and Papaver somnifera seed heads go well together
in the garden at home

In this blog I've concentrated on plants in the garden at home. The nursery gardens are full of colour and are definitely late summer gardens and are looking great at the moment. All the rain has caused a lot of plants to finish flowering sooner as the flowers are ruined by all the soggyness sadly. Here at home everything is on a much smaller scale as most of the plants are in pots and troughs, waiting patiently until we finally have a place of our own.

Stipa gigantea is one of my favourite grasses

In the front garden there are three narrow beds along the front of the house and two oval beds where I've planted lots of 'prairie' plants. The include various different grasses, Echinacea, Echinops. Agastache, Persicarias, Sedums, Geraniums, Eupatoriums and Asters. You can read about creating the borders here.

Echinacea 'Rubinstein'

I'm pleased with this combination
Sedum telephium 'Purple Emperor', Helictotrichon sempervirens,
 Persicaria amplexicaule 'Atrosanguinea', Glengarry

Bees love the Echinops

The borders this year all be it on another wet day!

In the narrow border along the front of the house I've planted lots plants that take shade but have flowers and foliage through the year. The border is north facing and under the over-hanging eaves of the house. You can read about it's creation here

Geraium phaeum 'Mourning Widow'
on it's second flush of flowers

Astrantia 'Snowstar' also on it's
second lot of flowers

Euphorbia schillingii in the front garden

The front border now

Acanthus hungaricus

Sedum 'Karfunklestein',
great for late summer colour

In the back garden the patio along the back of the house is full of pots of tender plants and herbs, and further out are lots of plants in their moving troughs. Despite being in troughs they provide me with colour and interest all year round.

A bee on Apple mint on the patio

I love bronze fennel, it is so airy
and flowers for weeks

Euphorbia 'Wallenbergs Glory'

Cyclamen hederifolium hiding under the ferns and grasses

Triosteum pinnatifidum, an unusual
perennial that likes shade

Athyrium 'The Ghost'

Colchicum autumnale, the autumn crocus

Euphorbia polychroma is also having a
second lot of flowers

Leucanthemum 'Alaska'

Phlox 'Monica Lynden Bell'

Many thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens  for this series of blogs, pop over and see what every one else has in flower in their gardens. 


  1. Lovely autumn flowers! I'm currently in Orkney and there are lots of Crocosmia here, it seems to be very wind-resistant. Pity that it does not overwinter very well in Finland at all, I love the orange glow of it.

    1. Crocosmia adds real zing to the garden, a shame it won't do for you. Orkney is a lovely place, enjoy your visit.

  2. Looks lovely. Let's hope for an Indian summer

  3. I am with you and am tired of the rain, even though I am on the other side of the world. Your garden is still beautiful especially the Autumn crocus. In the spring I look daily for them to bloom because it is the first sign of winter ending. I wonder if I would even pay attention to crocus in the Fall?
    Thanks for sharing on GBBD.
    Jeannie @

    1. Dry sunny days are few and far still, oh well, the plants have enjoyed the rain. The autumn crocus almost seem to come out over night here and provide some delicate pink amongst all the oranges and reds.


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