Plantsman’s favourites Mat Reese balances late-season colour with clean whites in his choice of the best plants for October
Kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate is a lovely, lanky annual that is easily grown from seed. The catkin-like flowers are a dishevelled arrangement of lively pink blooms held atop flexible stems. It is useful for fitting in between perennials to add an extra layer of flowers and can also be woven through a long or deep border to create a sense of unity. To get good germination use fresh seed and give it a cold period. We sow seed outdoors directly into plugs and let the elements do their work, germination takes place in spring. Pot on as required and protect from slugs. Height 1.6m. Origin East Asia and Australia. Conditions Any good soil; sun. Hardiness RHS H3. Season Summer – autumn.