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Mellow Autumn Planting

October 27, 2016

The drama is far from over especially when planting with grasses. I spotted this on a walk past the Nano science block at the university. A magical blend of Miscanthus sinensis ‘Silverfeder’ and Sedum  (possibly ‘Red Cauli’ ) and in the forefront Stipa tenuissima …


It’s not quite as uplifting in my own garden but there’s a mellowness in the pineapple-yellow leaves of Hydrangea petiolaris as they prepare to drop…


And although short-lived as a display, the Virginia creeper has looked stunning for the last two weeks…


It’s easy to forget about ivies and to see their role as simply to cover a surface but they contribute hugely to the garden at this time of year. This one is Hedera colchica ‘Sulphur Heart’ and it lines a wall outside the kitchen window…


And to celebrate the changing season and to use up a gift of apples a Dorset Apple Cake was called for…


The last of the hydrangea flowers are coming to an end but they’ve been filling a shady bed for the last three months so I can’t complain…







6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 28, 2016 10:26 am

    Love the Miscanthus planting, it is great that public spaces are now using grasses to such good effect. The cake looks delicious, the change is season always makes me want to bake.

    • October 28, 2016 10:36 am

      Me too with baking. In Bristol the city parks department is very progressive and uses perennials in many of the schemes which look dramatic and are so much more interesting than bedding plants. The university has a great planting team too and are increasingly using a daring palette of plants-all to the good and very inspiring.

  2. October 29, 2016 9:47 am

    I’ve been weaving sedums, grasses and stachys together in my ‘drought’ border; it’s certainly a very pretty look for late summer/autumn but I recall one of my tutor’s at college referring to collapsing sedums as “tatty clumps” and the grasses will need to be cut back in the spring when the new growth starts. It would be interesting to see how the university planting team manage the border at that time of year. (Do let us know if you’re passing!) Also, sorry to be pedantic, but the ivy pictured is not colchica ‘Sulphur Heart’ as that has leaves with a yellow centre and green edges. The ivy shown is very pretty though – and much nicer than Sulphur Heart IMHO. 😉 Caro x

  3. October 29, 2016 10:38 am

    Yes I shall pay regular visits and report back on the management of the university planting. The leaf on my desk from the ivy outside the kitchen door is actually much more of a lime green than it appears in the photo but yes the centre is not yellow more a very dark green. I struggled to identify it and it was planted years ago so probably safer to call it Hedera colchica ‘Dentata Variagata’.. When buying ivies it is best to go to a garden centre and find one that appeals. I love this one because of the four shades of green on the pretty pointed leaf.

  4. November 1, 2016 12:13 pm

    Nice plants! That cake is making me hungry ♥

  5. November 1, 2016 1:39 pm

    Yes one of the best things about the cake was the two spoons of demerara sugar over the top before baking. It made it very crunchy and delicious.

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