Six on Saturday- 7/10/17

Another week has flown by, a week that’s been mainly dry but with the odd shower , just at the wrong time normally! But autumn is really starting to kick in now, with all types of plants slowly putting on their autumn clothes and showing off their berries. All this change will slowly appear over the next few weeks of six on Saturday.

This weeks selection again comes from one of my clients garden, one that I manage the aftercare on after it was redesigned a few years ago, it’s matured into a beautiful garden

Euonymus alatus or the winged spindle and it’s one of the first to turn in the autumn and it is one of my favourite shrubs for all sizes of gardens, looks beautiful doesn’t

Sisyrinchium stratum is normally grown for its light yellow flower heads borne over the iris like foliage but to me the seed heads are almost as nice, either as they are now or with an early morning dew spread over them with a spider web draped over it or indeed after Jack Frost has been by, seed heads are such an important architectural part of the garden

Well we know this as Aster Little Carlow but now it’s a much more simpler easier to remember name Symphyotrichum! See easy isn’t. What ever the name it is a beautiful little umm Symphyotrichum and adds such a great touch of blue to the border

Stipa gignatea or the golden oat is at its best now on this site, it does need a bit of shelter from the wind to keep its golden seed heads going but on this exposed area they don’t last much longer, still a beauty waving in the autumn sunshine

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Mariesii’ another mouthful but this wedding cake viburnum is again one of my favourite shrubs for autumn colour, again one of the first plants to change into its dark red coat
Melianthus major is a semi tender shrub that has these massive silver leaves that are so beautiful! It is semi tender and in a cold winter the stems above ground will be frosted off but the bad below ground will send up new shoots in the spring. Just adds so much to the border with its leave shape

I hope you enjoyed my 6 on Saturday from my clients garden. If you did please checkout other people’s 6 on the memes founder website I love seeing other people’s plants and what’s happening in their gardens. Why not give it ago yourself next week and give me a shout so I can take a look

Until next week, have fun in the garden

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Great selection of autumn colours there! My own Euonymus alatus hasn’t quite got it’s deepest red on show yet, it really stands out when it does. Very windy though, so I’m a but worried that it will lose its leaves before reaching it’s peak colour, which would be a shame. That is already happening to the Parthenocissus quinquefolia, which hasn’t had a chance to turn a proper scarlet before dropping everything. Shame.

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you 😊 it seems to be coming much earlier this year doesn’t hoping it will mean we have a longer time to enjoy, I hope it doesn’t get too windy and blow the leaves off for you

  2. I love Euonymus alatus, beautiful. I’ve just bought a melianthus for a client, I love it too but I hate the smell of the leaves so transporting it in the car was a bit stinky! Viburnum plicatum, wonderful!

    1. thomashort says:

      Lol yes I forget they stink as well but the foliage is beautiful isn’t hope things are good for you

      1. I love it, had to persuade my client it was a good thing though. Will put it back of border, not only because of potential size, but because of definite pong! All is good here thanks x

  3. John Kingdon says:

    That’s a good six (comprising a few that I don’t grow any more for one reason or another so the want list is stable here). I seem to have started a trend about plant names last week but, sorry, you’re still not up to date. Stipa is now Nassella. Just be grateful that Jacob Rees-Mogg isn’t on the naming committee! 😉

    1. thomashort says:

      Cheers John lol sadly fella I am up to date, 😉only a few of stipas changed but gigantea stayed as stipa, interestingly enough I think the most famous of the stipa that changed tenuissima, has now reverted back to stipa from Nasella(spelling) it’s in the rhs mag this month as stipa and a quick search on the website, it’s synonyms is now listed as Nassella, confused 🤷‍♀️ me too😂😂

      1. thomashort says:

        Forgot to add I shall look into it more me thinks

      2. John Kingdon says:

        Aaaaaarrrrrrggggghhhh! I’ve found nurseries listing gigantea as Nassella. Looking around this morning, some places are playing it careful and listing under both names. A few are predicting it will change back. Maybe we need a petition to ban Latin names and go for the easy-to-remember things like “pony tail grass”.

      3. thomashort says:

        It’s a fffffffffliping mess isn’t, I can see the why some of the names changes happen but at what expense? Confusion is the only answer ☹️

  4. Jim Stephens says:

    I’m getting autumn colour envy. Cornwall’s climate doesn’t encourage good autumn colour and when it happens it gets blown away very quickly. Maybe Parthenocissus henryana will still have leaves on it next week.
    Plant name changes are a nightmare for nurseries. Customers blame them for changes to familiar names. It’s hard to keep up with changes, harder still to judge when to go with them.

  5. mrsdaffodil says:

    How I long for a Melianthus of my very own! I had a cutting, but it didn’t make it. None of the garden centres has it. Sigh. Maybe next year.

    1. thomashort says:

      I hope you manage to get it for next year, there’s a lovely version with a little more purplely silver colour

      1. mrsdaffodil says:

        Oooh, purplely silver colour sounds delightful!

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