Plants­man’s favourites Mat Reese bal­ances late-sea­son colour with clean whites in his choice of the best plants for Oc­to­ber

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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.

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