THREE PERENNIALS WITH SCULPTURAL SILHOUETTES
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Autumn is the perfect time to design a whole new area of your garden. With the majority of plants dead or dormant, you can easily see the amount of space you have to play with.
With careful planning, you don’t have to look at bare patches of soil all autumn and winter. There are many perennials that hold their form and will populate your garden with year-round interest.
Seed heads and skeletal forms are a great way of adding detail to a winter garden, especially as the cold weather sprinkles frost over their sculptural silhouettes.
A contrast to the common blue-flowered variety, dramatic white globe thistle offers brilliant orbs of starry flowers. Its distinctive form adds slender volume to any sunny, well-drained border; this is the ideal plant to lift the eye and provide vertical interest in a sweeping prairie planting scheme. Stems are rigid and rise upwards from a clump of glaucous-green leaves. Height and spread4ft x 3ft (1.2m x 90cm).
The stout, upright stems of Turkish sage hold tiers of rounded, pastel-yellow hooded flowers over reflexed, velvety, heart-shaped leaves. Once the flowers have gone over, the rounded nodules remain on the stem for many months. is also admired for its long May to September flowering period and its drought tolerance. Award of Garden Merit winner. Height and spread 3ft 3in x 1ft 8in (1m x 50cm).