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Colourful Autumn

September 17, 2015


The Parthenocissus (Virginia Creeper) has started to turn a vibrant red against the brick wall leading up to the front door and is looking rich and fiery. It’s crept along the back of a border and is providing a glowing backdrop to the stark white Japanese Anemone  ‘Honorine Jobert’ …


In the garden next door the Kaffir lilies (Schizostylis coccinea) have burst into flower and provide a firework display. I’m determined this autumn to buy several plants to improve the long flower bed in my own garden. It’s a startling and subtle red and offers such a welcome splash of colour in September…DSCN5383

I have come to appreciate Phlox rather later than perhaps I should since it offers fabulous flowers in autumn and this perennial plant Phlox paniculata ‘White Admiral’ is midly scented…


Again in the garden next door, Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ is in full bloom and is looking great against the rust-red masonry of the house. It’s a favourite of mine and I would love to find a space here for one …DSCN5394

I picked the ever reliable Ammi majus with Cosmos ‘Antiquity’ (which has only just started flowering in the cutting bed) with the dark dahlias ‘Jessie G’ and ‘Mazama’.


8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 17, 2015 1:53 pm

    The Virginia Creeper looks good. This is where I wish I had more walls!

    • September 23, 2015 10:09 am

      Walls or over an outbuilding maybe. The display is short-lived but worth it whilst it’s happening.

  2. September 18, 2015 6:14 am

    I agree with Jessica, the Virginia creeper is stunning especially against the stonework. You have a good eye for matching plants to backgrounds, shown again with Annabelle and the terracotta masonry. Just lovely.

    • September 23, 2015 10:11 am

      Yes the hydrangea in front of the masonry is a great combination albeit in the garden two doors along!!

  3. September 18, 2015 10:02 am

    I just love Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’, but I have lost several already here to conditions that are too dry. Maybe when the woodland walk actually provides some shade and cooler temperatures in summer I will try again, it is such an elegant plant. The Virginia creeper is doing what it does best, and as Kate says you have matched it well with its background.

  4. September 23, 2015 10:12 am

    The white of the anemone seems to glow in the shade and I am pleased to find that it self-seeds.

  5. September 23, 2015 7:13 pm

    I have parthenocissus growing up my brick garage wall and white Japanese anemone growing in the same border. Now is definitely its moment. My pond borders are also ablaze with Hesperantha coccinea (red Kaffir lily). Great minds thinking alike!

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