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Boosting your borders

4th August 2021

Fiona Cumberpatch shares four seasonal stunners to help create late summer colour in the garden

After the early crescendo of colour and interest in the garden, things can start to tail off through August and September. But there are plenty of later flowering plants which will keep on coming until the first frosts. 

1. Aster

Also known as Michaelmas daisies, the palette ranges from white, to pink and amethyst blue. There are low growers for front of the border, as well as more lofty choices. Try Aster ‘Mönch’ for its starry, clear blue flowers. It’s a favourite of garden designers. 

2. Helenium

Cheery, daisy-like flowers which are not too fussy about growing conditions and will really lift a border. ‘Moerheim Beauty’ is a gorgeous scarlet/ marmalade orange. In June, cut the stems back to two thirds of their height to ensure that the flowers continue into autumn. 

3. Dahlia

A dizzying array of colours and shapes are available, from small, neat-rounded blooms to huge mop-headed ones. ‘Café au Lait’ (pictured) has been popular in recent years for its pretty pale, shaggy top but ‘Karma Choc’ is a lovely choice with velvety, dark red flowers on bronze foliage, a sweet chocolate scent and long stems, making it suitable for cutting. 

4. Echinacea

A fabulous flower for late summer/ early autumn borders. It comes in lots of colours, but ‘Rainbow Marcella’ is a rich plummy orange which feels perfect for a late summer garden. Plant in full sun or partial shade and avoid soggy soil. Combines well with grasses.