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Fire & ice, with a spiky agave and flat-topped se­dum; shiny zinc ac­ces­sories; plants #in­flow­er­now; au­tumn se­dums; a bird feeder to make; leafy plant quiz and di­ary dates

Beth Chatto’s fa­mous gar­den in Es­sex is an ex­cel­lent source of in­spi­ra­tion. Even in au­tumn her clever plant com­bi­na­tions will have you head­ing to the nurs­ery for plants to take home! In this plant­ing scheme the con­trast pro­vided be­tween the flat cush­ions of fiery hylotelephium ‘Herbstfreude’ (se­dum ‘Au­tumn Joy’) and icy blue spiky Agave amer­i­cana draws you in. The sup­port­ing cast of Ver­bena bonar­ien­sis, Euphor­bia chara­cias wulfenii and felty Bal­lota pseu­do­d­ic­tam­nus each pro­vide an ex­cit­ing shot of sil­ver, while in the fore­ground, clumps of ev­er­green acaena form mats of tiny leaves. Pewter­coloured ‘Blue Haze’ has cop­pery stems, com­ple­ment­ing the colours per­fectly.

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