Add in a few fash­ion­ably late flow­ers

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TALL YEL­LOW daisies come into their own from Au­gust on­wards and he­lianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ is a sub­stan­tial clump­former with cool, lemon-yel­low flow­ers. Raised at Tommy Carlile’s Lod­don Nurs­ery near Reading in Berk­shire, it’s a man-high sen­sa­tion in Au­gust and Septem­ber. Like all sun­flow­ers it faces the sun, so po­si­tion it so you can see its face, not its back. The ul­ti­mate part­ner is equally lofty ma­roon-pur­ple Eu­pa­to­rium mac­u­la­tum Atrop­ur­pureum Group. The cloud-like flow­ers, which can look like puffs of thun­der­cloud in the evening light, set off the lemon-yel­low daises won­der­fully. Add the self-sup­port­ing royal-blue spires of Aconi­tum carmichael­lii ‘Arend­sii’, which peaks in Septem­ber, but do dead­head af­ter flow­er­ing to pre­vent un­wanted seedlings. New Eng­land asters (now known as Sym­phy­otrichum no­vae-an­gliae) are easy to grow and rarely need di­vid­ing. Their stiff woody stems tend to have ragged fo­liage, so place them in the depths of the bor­der – not at the front. My ul­ti­mate favourite is pur­ple ‘He­len Pic­ton’, which goes well with tall, late-flow­er­ing Phlox arend­sii ‘Luc’s Li­lac’ (shown inset be­low). Both could make a back­drop for pur­ple Echi­nacea pur­purea. These can be raised from seed and ‘White Swan’ and ‘Mag­nus’ are both ex­cel­lent. I’d also find room for a se­dum (hy­lotele­phium) such as ‘Ma­trona’ or ‘Pur­ple Em­peror’.

❤ Ja­panese anemones are stars of the late-sum­mer bor­der. See p26

Dahlia ‘Gar­den Fes­ti­val’ with Aconi­tum carmichaelii ‘Arend­sii’ and pur­ple Aster novi-bel­gii

Echi­nacea ‘White Swan’ and E. pur­purea ‘Mag­nus’ jos­tle for at­ten­tion INSET ABOVE He­le­nium ‘Lemon Queen’ LEFT Phlox arend­sii

‘Luc’s Li­lac’

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