Gardeners' World - - We September -

I have writ­ten be­fore about this Carex co­mans which, sum­mer or win­ter, is such a re­li­able back­ground for so many plants. The star here is ob­vi­ously the big show- off ger­bera with flow­ers like fan dancers. There is a lit­tle be­go­nia in there too – slightly over­shad­owed – but still lovely.

Ger­bera [Garvinea Sweet Glow]

Hardier than many va­ri­eties ( but don’t get cocky if you live in a frost pocket). Semi ev­er­green. Take heel cut­tings in sum­mer. H xS 45cm x 40cm

Be­go­nia suther­landii

Grows from tu­bers. Pro­tect from all frost. Needs ex­cel­lent drainage as wa­ter­log­ging will kill it. Prop­a­gate from leaf cut­tings. H xS 50cm x 50cm

Carex co­mans bronze-leaved

Tough old ev­er­green ( or ever­bronze if you are feel­ing pedan­tic) grass that goes well with loads of plants in borders or pots. Di­vide in spring. H xS 40cm x 50cm

An­gelo­nia an­gus­ti­fo­lia

The sum­mer snap­dragon is an easy-go­ing, half-hardy an­nual that flow­ers pro­lif­i­cally. Sim­ple to grow and needs no dead­head­ing, which is a bonus. H xS 35cm x 10cm

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