PLUG GAPS WITH COLOUR
Extend summer by planting late perennials
LAST week I spent an afternoon deadheading and clearing weeds and spent bedding from a border in the back garden. It looked immaculate afterwards – but also rather barren and empty in the areas between the shrubs and perennials planted for autumn interest.
So I popped down to our local weekly market and bought three late-flowering perennials on special offer (a sweet William, a pink-and-white penstemon and a delicate pink gaura), plus a mixed tray of little hardy cyclamen.
As we live in the south and our garden is reasonably sheltered, these will hopefully flower for several weeks more.
The roots will develop through the winter so the plants put on a bigger and better display in future - and I won’t need to worry about unsightly gaps when next summer’s blaze of glory subsides.
Perk up autumn borders with a mix of flowers Fill bare expanses with late-flowering plants