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Autumn Planting


By AndrewR


We tend to think of spring as the time for adding new plants to the garden, but autumn can be just as good. The soil is warm and roots can get established without the burden of supporting new top growth. With this in mind, I have been visiting local nurseries and Garden Centres and acquired this collection.

Caryopteris ‘Worcester Gold’ and saxifraga ‘Black Ruby’ for my foliage garden

Two yellow-flowered foxgloves, digitalis lanata and digitalis lutea

Jovellana violacea, a sun-loving shrub with small mauve flowers

A chelone and two tricyrtis – these are shade lovers and flower late in the season

Asteranthera ovata – I saw this in Chile last year. It grows in moist shady spots, clambering up nearby trees; I hope it will do the same with my flowering cherry

Crambe maritime, sea kale, makes a mass of tiny white flowers, ideal for covering the dying foliage of spring bulbs

A white-flowered knautia

A dwarf skimmia

Tiarella codifolia ‘Iron Butterfly’. This will go at the end of a narrow border beside the garage where its foliage will make an impact

Chiastophyllm oppositifolium also wants some shade but needs a well-drained soil so that has a spot in the alpine bed

I have been adding lots of late flowering plants to extend the season of interest. These are the ones I have found.
Aster amellus ‘King George’

Crocosmia ‘Emily McKenzie’

Lobelia’ Fan Scarlet’

I couldn’t resist this large pot of liriope muscari – I wonder if it will split?


These sarracenias are hardy to -20C and should grow happily in baskets in a sunny corner of the pond

And finally, a couple more heucheras – ‘Autumn Leaves’ on the left and ‘Caramel’ on the right.

That should keep my busy planting this autumn.

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Great blog Andrew and sound advice..this will inspire me to get some plants immediately..

I like the sound of the Asteranthera and the sea kale looks interesting..

excellent and great share

4 Oct, 2011


Good selection,Andrew.The white knautia is effective planted by the purple one.I agree,it's strange to be filling the garden at this time of year.With the soil so warm,they will have a head start.

4 Oct, 2011


Brilliant blog Andrew, lovely plants I am hoping to get a few more heucheras for the front garden. Lost one this week that I had in a pot it was full of little white grubs I seem to remember this happened to another potted heuchera last year that why I transplanted the rest into the ground at the front. Got rid of the grub infested soil in the garden bin:) Happy planting!

4 Oct, 2011


Great choice of plants Andrew, I didn't know the Sarracenias were frost hardy to -20C how fascinating, hmmm youv'e got me thinking where i could plant one :) I love the tiarella, those leave's would look great with my tropicals, I thought i was finished spending this year Andrew! lol..

4 Oct, 2011


Some lovely plants you ve picked up there Andrew and such lovely colours of the flower varities you have, my favourite is the Tiarella codifolia ‘Iron Butterfly’ what a beauty

4 Oct, 2011


What a selection, love your choice, that should keep you very busy, I usually bring our sarracenias in during the winter, might not bother now I know they can survive as low as -20. Were all these plants from the same nursery Andrew?

4 Oct, 2011


I do like that Black Ruby Andrew, very nice selection Andrew......

4 Oct, 2011


You have got some lovely plants there.

4 Oct, 2011


lovely collection andrew, i got fan scarlet from morrisons and lovely healthy plant :o)

4 Oct, 2011


SS1 - the asteranthera is not reliably hardy in cold parts of the country so do your research before rushing out to buy one. I haven't seen it for sale very often so I took a risk that this winter won't be as bad as the last one

DD - no, I had to travel far and wide :-) I had quite a long chat with the lady in the Garden Centre selling the sarracenias - apart from protecting them from heavy snow, she said they should be fine outside. This was a really impressive GC with extremely healthy plants and lots of staff so I'm inclined to believe what she said

4 Oct, 2011


Lovely selection Andrew, love the white knautia and altho I dont like the smell of chrysanths, they do add cheerful colour late in the year. The heuchera Caramel has done wonderfully well for me in a sunny edge of my border and the Iron Butterfly in a semi shaded position under a prolific rose which seems to be half bush half rambler! I have several lobelia fans, but must get me a scarlet..hopefully one with dark coloured leaves. They all look really healthy!

7 Oct, 2011


Well, you have a busy time ahead of you, great collection, your garden will be looking splendid next year.

19 Oct, 2011

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