Colour Change

The garden has shifted a gear again, we are now entering a more vibrant show. Out go the pretty soft pinks and purples and in come the ‘blousy’ reds, golden yellows and vibrant oranges. The garden takes on a different appearance now, more solid and enveloping.


Hemerocallis Scarlet Oak a most stunning daylily. With such a deep colour and strong growth this has to be a favourite with me, it must really like it’s position as it always performs well.


Helenium Moerheim Beauty, I love the dark centres on these. Looking great at the front of the border.


The beginnings of Cautleya Crug Canary, with the remains of Lysimachia punctata variegata.This has never made much of a plant not like the plain leaved Lysimachia I’m glad to say. Helenium Waltraut just starting to bulk up this year. At the very back you might just see Nasturtium Alaska. Yes I know, you get loads of black fly but I’m willing to put up with that at the back of a border. Plus the leaves are variegated with creamy white.


Erysimum Orange Bedder, this has already had two haircuts and still flowers, a wonderful plant that sold very well at the Open Garden this year. I have several around the garden, they add a touch of spice….


Achillea Millefolium, I tried unsuccessfully in the past to grow achillea, however this year for some reason I have managed to get three different colours to thrive and flower. One a terracotta is a bit slower than the others but I’m now putting it down to position. I really need a more open space with a lot more sun. You see I grow for colour mainly and position takes second place. Need to think again. Another job on the to do list…


Zinnia…. I have posted before about Zinnia and I absolutely love them, just cannot grow them well. I think the solution to this one is the allotment. They would have more space and Mr Malc could bring bunches home. Nice.



The Dahlia in this area are just starting to make an appearance, I’m waiting for a vibrant orange with dark leaves to open, I’m sure that will look stunning.


Now this is an experiment. Recently on the TV, on a gardening programme, someone was demonstrating how to make Japanese hanging planters. They are called Cocadarma, now I may have spelt that wrong. Well I managed to make three and they have all grown well. The ones on the telly were covered in moss but being as the programme wasn’t aired until only a few weeks ago, moss wasn’t available so I found a good substitute. ‘Mind your own business’ or ‘Baby’s Tears’ you get my drift, the stuff you can never get rid of. Well it’s covered them well, planted with a nasturtium, an Ipomea,and a hanging basket plant with small blue star flowers who’s name escapes me. I just have to remember to water them though and that is done by plunging them in a bucket of water overnight every few days. They are a taking point and if they decide to flower well I may try again next year….

What ever the week holds weather wise enjoy your garden….I have lots of rethinking to do in mine, lots of lists to make….till next time.


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11 responses to “Colour Change

  1. Love, love, love your hot colors – beautiful. And, I just watched a video on how to make a Cocadarma. Very interesting project. I don’t have the right spot for one but I really like the looks of yours. 🙂 My list of things that needs to be done in my gardens is long but first I need to finish moving some mulch. I worked about 5 hours one day on it and then couldn’t stand up straight for two days. Now, I’m rested and I need to put in another couple of hours. Right now the humidity is in the 80% range and I’m choosing to wait for that to drop a little because if I try it in this humidity I’ll be the one dropping. 🙂 Do you know of any small solar water features that have worked out for any of your gardening friends? That’s one thing on my list.


    • Thank you for your lovely comment. I hope the weather and your back get better soon. I once had 12 gardens to look after and eventually had to give them up due to too much heavy lifting, I’m only 8st 8, so it took it’s toll. But really really enjoyed the work and the owners. I don’t know of any solar water features to recommend I’m sorry, but good hunting… Sue.

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  2. Great colours and great coadarmas. They look really good, so much better than a hanging basket.


  3. The colours all go so well together and I love the idea of the colour changing in the garden. The dark red Helianthemums are beautiful. Amelia


    • Thank you Amelia, it feels like some areas have a short break while others take over, the garden progresses through stages throughout the summer and this is the richest time colourwise. I love it. Sue.


  4. diversifolius

    The mid-summer burst of colours in your garden is great and the Cocadarma looks interesting! You’re right on spot with the ‘rethinking’ 🙂


    • My trouble is I cram too much in, so I’m starting to rethink all the shrubs that have been the backbone of the garden. Some are maybe 25 +years old so are too big and shade too much precious light out and I do love my perennials… Sue


  5. Helenium Moerheim Beauty is a beauty isn’t it? I ought to try them again – and the orange erysimum too. So bright and cheerful 🙂


    • Hi Cathy, nice to hear from you, you’ve been on your travels again. The heleniums I’ve only been a fan for a few years but they are invaluable now. I have 3 different ones and I am looking out for more now. Sue.


      • I have probably missed a few of your posts, Sue, with one thing or another but hopefully I am more on top of all things blogging again! Hope all is well with you. Are your helenium quite reliable? I am sure I have tried them before but without success.


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