How to give your gar­den last­ing colour

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For a splash of pur­ple, try this aster, which has a pur­ple, daisy-like flower with a yel­low cen­tre. Th­ese bushy herba­ceous peren­ni­als – bet­ter known as the Michael­mas daisy – can grow up to 90cm and like an open, sunny po­si­tion. Cut back in late au­tumn and pair with a tall, pink pen­ste­mon


Th­ese pink late-sum­mer flow­ers will save your gar­den from get­ting the blues well into au­tumn. Plant in a sunny po­si­tion in your gar­den and pair with Ja­panese anemones, phlox or pen­ste­mons. Th­ese re­quire lit­tle care, just check your plants reg­u­larly to make sure they’re not too dry


Flaunt­ing an old-fash­ioned charm in a va­ri­ety of colours, hy­drangeas grow up to 6ft high and wide. Con­sider plac­ing in front of taller plants like small or medium-size trees that could of­fer the shade the shrubs pre­fer. But be­ware, too much shade can re­duce their flow­er­ing


Th­ese bright flow­ers are main­te­nance-free and easy to grow, so they’ll add an easy shot of colour to your gar­den. Their bold, sword-like flow­ers mainly come in reds, or­anges and yel­lows. Cro­cos­mias can grow up to 1m tall, and they don’t need prun­ing, just re­move the dead leaves and flower stems be­fore spring, when new growth starts. Pic­tured are the deep or­ange flow­ers of the ‘Lu­cifer’ va­ri­ety


Flow­er­ing from mid-sum­mer un­til the first frosts, th­ese pop­u­lar blooms come in bronze, dark red, laven­der, or­ange and pink, and are all dif­fer­ent shapes and sizes. They need a well-worked soil with good drainage and, once they’re es­tab­lished, be sure to wa­ter them three or four times a week


Th­ese are bushy plants that create masses of bold, zingy yel­low flow­ers. Also known as black­eyed Su­sans be­cause of their dis­tinc­tive big black cone in the cen­tre, they have a long flow­er­ing pe­riod be­tween July and Oc­to­ber. They are droughtre­sis­tant, not too fussy about soil type, and can grow to more than 3ft, with a flower di­am­e­ter of 2-3in


Th­ese vi­brant, daisy-shaped or­ange flow­ers bloom in late sum­mer and au­tumn. Bril­liant on their own or pair with tall, pur­ple salvias, for a nice con­trast. Grow in fer­tile, moist, but well-drained soil and dead­head reg­u­larly to en­sure they flower for longer

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