The Indian summer we have had this year has been a blessing in the garden. As I write this at the start of October, the displays in the flower garden continue to look fantastic, which is especially rewarding at this time of year, after a long and successful season.
The colour scheme of the garden changes throughout the year and we try to link colours through the various vistas of the flower garden. At the moment when entering the garden from the hotels bar you are greeted by a mass of the stunning Dahlia, ‘Magenta Star’ which helps make up a magenta vista running parallel to the hotel. This is such a handsome dahlia, with a simple single flower and subtle dark foliage. This has combined so well with the white Erigeron annuus, pink Persicaria orientalis and a magenta Salvia called curviflora.
On the vista to the side of the flower garden, adjacent to the wild flower meadow, white is the predominant colour, with clouds of Cosmos ‘Purity’. This is a plant that gives a really fresh and airy feel, which is quite unusual in the early autumn when so much starts to look tired. Its large pure white daisy flowers almost glow in the October sun and it always combines particularly well with the purple of Verbena bonariensis.
The vista which runs along the bottom of the azalea bank is looking particularly exiting this year, with oranges repeating along its length. This colour is supplied by the wonderful Helenium ‘Sahins Early Flowerer,’ which has been blooming its heart out since early July and promises to continue deep in to November. The oranges in this vista are increased by Dahlia ‘David Howard’ as a focal point and with the lovely red hot poker, kinphofia rooperi, dotted along the length. Purple is at the opposite end of the colour spectrum to orange and so the colours are enhanced when planted together. This has worked especially well with the beautiful purple Salvia ‘Amiastad’, alongside Helenium ‘Sahins Early Flowerer’ making a real show stopping combination. In the soft autumn light, the whole planting is radiant and I am so pleased with the effect so late in the season. This glorious weather is set to last deep in to October and so, with luck the garden should continue this wonderful display for the rest of the month.
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