New plants for au­tumn

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Au­tumn is not far off, and with it comes a va­ri­ety of new plant re­leases. Which is per­fect tim­ing, as many of us are look­ing to in­tro­duce colour into our au­tumn gar­dens. Rud­beckia ‘‘Lit­tle Gold­star’’ is one such plant. A new re­lease from the Liv­ing Fash­ion range, it pro­duces daz­zling golden blooms from late sum­mer right through to late au­tumn or win­ter – a good three months at least. It has a neat, com­pact habit, though its shorter stature doesn’t mean it skimps on blooms. In gen­eral, it pro­duces more flow­ers than its taller coun­ter­parts. It grows in sun or part shade and is tol­er­ant of dry soils once es­tab­lished. For best flow­er­ing re­sults, give it a feed with slowre­lease fer­tiliser and dead­head reg­u­larly. Pen­ste­mon ‘‘Wa­ter­melon Taffy’’ flow­ers all sum­mer long and into au­tumn, and also comes in the Liv­ing Fash­ion range. Its bell­shaped wa­ter­melon-pink blooms sport pris­tine white throats which stand out in the garden. Dead­head­ing spent flower spikes en­cour­ages ad­di­tional lat­er­als so a haze of wa­ter­melon-pink can be had for weeks on end. Drought and hu­mid­ity-tol­er­ant, this plant grows to a height of 70cm, which makes it ideal for pick­ing too. It’s best grown in full sun, in av­er­age, well-drained soil. Salvia ‘‘Glare’’ is an aro­matic, ev­er­green shrub with masses of bright white flow­ers through­out the warmer months. It’s not a vi­brant colour as such, but white does stand out in the garden against other colours such as pur­ple and green. Drought-tol­er­ant once es­tab­lished, Salvia ‘‘Glare’’ re­quires only oc­ca­sional deep soaking dur­ing ex­tended dry spells in sum­mer. Prune it af­ter its main flow­er­ing to en­cour­age a faster re­bloom­ing. Grow­ing to a height of 70cm and width of 1m, it may be grown in full sun to part shade. If you pre­fer fo­liage over flow­ers, choose the new Salvia ‘‘Sil­ver Sabre’’. This culi­nary sage has at­trac­tive, low-spread­ing, peren­nial leaves. The var­ie­gated fo­liage is a crisp cream and green for most of the year though it de­vel­ops pink tones in cooler weather. The plants are fairly dry-tol­er­ant once es­tab­lished and will grow in most soil types pro­vided it’s freedrain­ing. Plant it in the kitchen garden or at the front of flower bor­ders where it will form a mat 20cm high x 60cm wide. Other great fo­liage plants in­clude Pit­tospo­rum ‘‘Gold­en­ball’’ and ‘‘Sil­ver­ball’’, two ad­di­tions to the Golf­ball se­ries. Th­ese plants form com­pact, tidy shrubs that reach only 40cm high x 40cm wide. The new fo­liage is an eye-catch­ing golden or sil­ver colour. Th­ese are easy-care peren­ni­als, able to with­stand dry con­di­tions. Both th­ese plants would suit ei­ther an in­for­mal or for­mal po­si­tion, as the leaves may be clipped into for­mal shapes or left as is.

Bright stars: Rud­beckia ‘‘Lit­tle Gold­star’’ pro­duces daz­zling golden blooms

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