Six on Saturday | October Colours #3

A beautiful still and even warm day last Saturday meant that I was able to get most of my spring bulbs planted. The majority are in containers though I did make use of the newly emptied bamboo bed to plant some Alliums and Narcissi in the ground. They’ll be dug up next year though as I am just leaving this empty for now to see if any of the bamboo comes back.

A view of my garden from above. You can see there is still some colour around, mainly the Verbena bonariensis which has seeded everywhere! To the right is the butter-yellow bittersweet and the purple Asters and to the left is the shocking pink Amarine, white Cosmos and the grasses.
Here’s Penstemon ‘Alice Hindley’ again. Now it has opened up more you can see the lovely contrasting white throat.

At this time of year any foliage plants come into their own adding colour to the borders like these Heucheras / Heucherella above.

Clematis tangutica ‘Lambton Park’ has very attractive seed heads.

This Houttuynia cordata ‘Chameleon’ grows in the shadiest corner of my Woodland Border but still manages to turn pink in the autumn. In a sunnier spot it would be more colourful. It is said to be invasive, but I have no evidence of that happening here.

I have a few scented-leaved Pelargoniums which flower all through the summer and often into December. I usually cut them back hard in the spring. This is Pink Capitatum / Capricorn.

Annoyingly my local garden centre (Dobbies) didn’t have any of the lovely bulb containers they sold last year. It’s not a patch on the previous Wyevale centre, full of Christmas tat and everything a gardener doesn’t want or need. At least I got some Alpine grit for the top of the pots and a couple of pots of wallflowers (header photo) though it was mainly full of pots of cyclamen.

As always, if you want a peek over other people’s garden walls then please pop over to our host, the lovely Jon, AKA ‘The Propagator’.  Sadly today will be his last time (for now) hosting this wonderful meme that has brought so many wonderful garden enthusiasts together from all over the world as, like all good things, it is time for a change and for him a rest from something that has become less of a pleasure and more of a chore. I think any of us who have hosted memes can understand that. He is passing the baton to Jim  of Garden Ruminations who is an excellent ex-nursery man himself and has a garden of the most amazing and unusual treasures.

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  1. I love that photo of your garden from above. The colours in that warm autumn sun are so cheering! 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      The lower sun does make a difference to the light. Sadly more and more of the garden is in shade now.

  2. Do you take your pelargoniums under cover over Winter. I’ve found them to survive well in the Greenhouse, but I wasn’t sure how hardy they actually are. Alice Hindley is a great looking Penstemon. Already got your bulbs in – I’m impressed.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I take the Regal pelargoniums into my conservatory, but leave the scented leaf ones outside under a table to protect from the rain. We rarely get frost.

  3. Your autumn garden is full of interest an colour. It is a lovely season when the flowers and foliage are on display mode. Amelia

    1. Heyjude says:

      Those heucheras certainly add welcome colour at this time of year and will continue to do so throughout the winter months, though they’ll be a bit tatty by the end!

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