Plant flow­ers that bloom un­til Septem­ber

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SOME PLANTS pro­vide flower colour from July un­til au­tumn be­cause they’re ster­ile so can’t set any seeds. Sprawl­ing hardy gera­nium ‘Rozanne’ flow­ers for at least 12 weeks, and each china-blue flower has a pale cen­tre stud­ded with black an­thers. You can let it start in July, or de­lay its flow­er­ing time by giv­ing it a Chelsea chop back to a few inches in May. Use with pas­tel-tinted phlox, such as P. pan­ic­u­lata ‘Mon­ica Lyn­den-Bell’, or pink roses ‘Wildeve’ or ‘Bon­ica’. Black-eyed ma­genta gera­nium ‘Pa­tri­cia’ and creep­ing pale-pink ‘Mavis Simp­son’ are sim­i­larly long-flow­er­ing. ‘Rozanne’ also mixes well with Rud­beckia fulgida deamii, a crisp-rayed yel­low daisy

with a bee-friendly

brown mid­dle. This be­gins in early Au­gust and car­ries on late, en­hanc­ing sum­mer-flow­er­ing Euro­pean asters in­clud­ing laven­derblue Aster frikar­tii ‘Mönch’ and darker blue A. amel­lus ‘King Ge­orge’. If you’ve got a well-drained sunny spot, seek out dark-leaved, pretty pink Ver­bena of­fic­i­nalis gran­di­flora ‘Bamp­ton’ and add some pink cos­mos, os­teosper­mum, di­as­cia and dark claret-red pen­ste­mon ‘An­denken an Friedrich Hahn’. Your rasp­berry rip­ple of colour will last for months. ➤

❤ Rud­beckia fulgida ‘Gold­sturm’ teams well with li­lac Aster frikar­tii ‘Mönch’

He­le­nium ‘Lemon Queen’ and Eu­pa­to­rium mac­u­la­tum

‘Glut­ball’ (at back) cre­ate a long-last­ing back­drop, with echi­nacea, mis­cant­hus, stipa and gera­nium ‘Rozanne’ in front

Se­dum ‘Ma­trona’ flow­ers Au­gust to Oc­to­ber, tak­ing on a rosy hue

Gera­nium ‘Pa­tri­cia’ flow­ers June to Septem­ber, with Stipa tenuis­sima

Pen­ste­mon ‘An­denken an Friedrich Hahn’ flow­ers July to Oc­to­ber

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