My plans for autumn
THERE are parts of my garden that I’m really pleased with and others that could do with a revamp. All summer long, I’ve been jotting down ideas for changes that I’d like to make to existing planting schemes, along with the introduction of some new features. It’s been a little frustrating because I’ve wanted to crack on with the work but have had to wait for autumn and its perfect planting weather.
The first thing I want to do is move a Japanese hydrangea vine (Schizophragma hydrangeoides) that I planted against the fence at the top of my garden in spring. The position has proved too light for the self-clinging climber, resulting in the foliage scorching. I’ll lift and replant it against the fence in a shady bed near the back of my house.
That will leave a gap for another climber and I’ve got the perfect plant waiting in the wings…Campsis x tagliabuana ‘Indian Summer’. This trumpet vine is a self-clinging climber, which will easily cover a 6ft (1.8m) high by 6ft (1.8m) wide area. In late summer it boasts loads of gorgeous, bright orange flowers. Hopefully it will enjoy the sunny spot much more than the previous incumbent.
The biggest job is to completely change a bed that I planted out a couple of years ago. It was originally for winter interest with grasses, hellebores and bergenia, but I don’t think I can justify having such a speciality bed in a garden this size. A large Euphorbia mellifera
I have in a pot will be perfect for this space and provide interest year round.
Campsis x tagliabuana ‘Indian Summer’ is waiting in the wings