Ex­tend sum­mer by plant­ing late peren­ni­als

Amateur Gardening - - This Week In Gardening -

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

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