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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.