My plans for au­tumn

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

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

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