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Give your Garden an Influx of Colour this Autumn Posted On 06 September 2021

What to do when your Colourful Garden starts to Fade


As summer begins to turn to autumn, the colourful blooms you have become used to begin to fade and can leave your garden looking faded and tired. Flowers will start to fade, and borders can look wilting and sad. Some plants, however, come into their own at this time of year and can be planted on their own or woven into gaps in your existing borders.


Sedum Hylotelephium telephium or ‘Purple Emperor’ is a fantastic choice to inject some vibrancy into your autumnal garden.  This plant has dark stems and deep-pink star-shaped flowers.


Caryopteris x clandonensis or ‘Heavenly Blue’ is a small shrub with intense, dark blue flowers. It is drought tolerant the flowers in August and September. The flowers are a firm favourite of bees and butterflies.


Echinacea or ‘Tomato Soup’ is a great option as it produced bright red flowers (hence the name) from June through September. Make sure you frequently deadhead this one in order to prolong its blooming period.


Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ is a Japanese bloom which has perfectly pure white flowers and is ideal for a partially shaded site. Once established, Japanese anemones are extremely hardy- clumps can become invasive but can be split up after flowering and planted elsewhere around the garden or given to friends. The flowering period is from August to October.


Phlox paniculate ‘Tenor’ will flower in full sun or partial shade although the amount of available light does affect the number of flowers produced. ‘Tenor’ flowers from July to October, the flowers are bright pink and strongly scented. They are also attractive to bees and butterflies.


Tricyrtis formosana ‘Dark Beauty’ (commonly referred to as toad lily). Tricyrtis thrive in a shady site with moist, leafy soil. The flowers are purple spotted and produced in August and September. Ideal for a woodland garden.


Aster sedifolius ‘Nanus’ – this short michalmas daisy is ideal for the front of a sunny border. Lots of lilac-blue flowers that have yellow centres are produced in September and October. The flowers are also attractive to butterflies.


Planting pots in bright pots or containers is also a good way to contrast the sparse beds. Agapanthus and hydrangeas both thrive in containers. If you have a shady pot, hostas offer an injection of colour but are susceptible to slugs and snails.

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