Late-sea­son picks for pots

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Colchicum specio­sum (AGm)

A multi-petalled, soft-pink bul­bous peren­nial, gi­ant meadow saf­fron will catch the low light of Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber. Seen here with heuchera, aster, burn­ing bush, pen­nise­tum and eu­phor­bia, it needs full sun. H: 1ft (30cm).

Gen­tiana ‘Blue Silk’ (AGm)

Cre­ate pools of blue by plant­ing au­tumn gen­tians in troughs. ‘Blue Silk’ has strik­ing indigo trum­pets that will also look lovely in a hang­ing bas­ket with Fes­tuca, orange dahlia ‘Gallery Art Deco’ and heather. Sun or sem­ishade. H: 4in (10cm).

Ver­bena bonar­ien­sis ‘Lol­lipop’

Con­ve­niently com­pact form of the won­der­ful long-flow­er­ing peren­nial, which is usu­ally grown as a self-seed­ing an­nual. Try it in a con­tainer with a mix of grasses, in­clud­ing stipa and carex. Full sun. H: 2ft (60cm).

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