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Garden Notes – Yellow

Garden Notes – Yellow

So many people do not like yellow in the garden which is such a pity and rather awkward as Autumn approaches. Many of the stalwarts of the border at this time of the year are the yellow and brown daises. The rudbekias, heleniums solidago and achillea. Even the hosta leaves fade to yellow. However it is easily possible to keep the pink and blue summer borders going into Autumn.

For the back of the border you could use the japanese anemones, phlox Hesperis, the late aconites, salvia Amstad, asters and sanguisorba canadensis. For the front there are the shorter salvia nemerosa hybrids, dahlias, gaura in pink and white, sedum purple emperor and iceberg, knautia and geranium Rozanne. Verbena bonariensis can link the two. The grey lambs ears, stachys lanata and cut back catmint can come in the very front. If you want something shrubby add perovskia which will give you a haze of blue. I have sown seeds of artichokes to go in the veg patch, though they will look just as good in the border and fit in with your colour scheme. The one with violet heads should be just right. Other plants you can raise from seed are the blue and purple agastache and the annual cosmos.

Marina Christopher from Phoenix Perennial Plants has a very good book called ‘Late Summer Flowers’. I do not try to keep the borders going very late. Plants that flower in October sit amongst the dead and dying summer flowers and never get visited. There are still gardens to visit in September. The Down House, Itchen Abbas, adds wine tasting and talks to your visit while the Weir House at Old Alresford has a huge decorative vegetable garden which should be at its best now.

Stella Strachan

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