|Late Summer Perennial Collection - Our 6 plant selection should renew inspiration in the months of the year when the shadows are lengthening. The joy of the garden is certainly not done as we move from summer into autumn.
Our collection includes;
Eucomis bicolor is commonly called 'Pineapple Lily' because the flowers resemble a pineapple. This species boasts maroon-speckled stems and green flowers with maroon margins.The flowers occur on thick, solitary stalks bearing bottle-brush-like wands of tightly-clung flowers, which are crowned by tufts of green bracts. It can also be very successfully grown as a handsome container plant for that exotic look on the patio.
Rudbeckia fulgida speciosa
Rudbeckia fulgida var speciosa is a holder of the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM). This attractive North American perennial is perfect for the naturalistic prairie-style planting schemes that are fast becoming popular. More drought-tolerant than most Rudbeckias, it produces masses of orange-yellow daisy-like flowers from late summer to mid-autumn.
Kniphofia Tetbury Torch
Kniphofia 'Tetbury Torch' is an unusual, medium-sized, clump forming, deciduous perennial, with deep green, grass-like leaves. Erect stems with green buds opening into apricot yellow pokers in late summer and early autumn. Prefers a moist, but well-drained soil in the sun or part shade.
Selinum wallichianum rises later in the spring than most perennials. But, once it is ready to re-grow, it spreads out its basal leaves to form mats of fine foliage. Each leaf is intricately divided. Strong ribbed stems then start to push up, heavily endowed with more fretted leaves, making tiered layers of lace. The stems branch but the tiered effect is maintained. During late summer, the flower buds emerge, inverted and cradled by the supporting pinky-bronze stems. Each flower head becomes a plateau composed of a number of smaller florets, which in turn are made up of a myriad of tiny flowers.
Agastache 'Black Adder'
Agastache 'Black Adder' is an upright,clump-forming giant hyssop that grows up to 90cm in height. A long lived and hardy perennial, it is a hybrid resulting from a cross between Agastache rugosum and Agastache foeniculum. It is noted for its long summer until first frost floral display of tubular, 2-lipped, deep smoky violet flowers that bloom in showy bottle-brush terminal spikes. Flowers appearing many-flowered whorls which are densely packed to form the flower spikes,from nearly black buds. The aromatic anise/licorice scented, lance-shaped to ovate leaves are blue green. Flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies and yet this plant defies rabbits, deer, slugs and virtually all sucking pests.
Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate'
Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate' is an outstanding plant due to its architectural nature. Fabulous dark bronze-brown leaves earlier in the year, turning green as the foliage matures. Fuzzy, white flowers appear in late summer and continue through to autumn. Useful in shady ares and will tolerate dry shade once established. Foliage and flowers are good for cutting. Attractive to butterflies. Will grow in full sun or shade. Hardy. Height1. 2m.