Six on Saturday 11/11/17

Ahh what a week that was, days of full gorgeous autumn sunshine and a few days of wet weather coming in, today is supposed to be heavy rain most of the day here in Hampshire, not one to garden in to say the least! But that said we do need the rain, digging into the soil, it’s surprises me to see how dry the soil is. This weeks 6 on Saturday does come from a clients garden, all from one bed funny enough, just shows how much you can fit into a smallish area. Well I hope you enjoy them!

Abelia x grandiflora has been flowering for many months now and is still going strong, may be common but how many other shrubs flower for so long and so easily shaped. It’s a great shrub!
Viburnum opulus or the Guelder Rose, a brilliant uk native that not only has lovely berries but has some stunning autumn foliage, just look at those colours! How beautiful is that!
Buddleja ‘Silver anniversary’ a great hybrid bred by Just a few miles from where this plant is growing, at Longstock Nursery. Pretty late into coming into flower, it’s only just started here in Winchester but if we get a mild winter, I have found it flowers all through winter
Penistemon ‘Burgundy’ this is a great dark form of one of my favourite and most useful of plants m, again this started flowering in May and is still going now, loads of buds to come yet too! Will keep flowering until the frosts wipe it out totally
Well you know winters here when Viburnum x bodnetense ‘Dawn’ starts to delight use with its sensory uplighting scent, it can start now and finish in March, such a brilliant long term flowering shrub
Eupatorium purpureum or Joe Pie Weed did feature a few months ago when in flower but it’s back again, this time for its beautiful fluffy seedheads one of my favourite plants for seed heads, it’s a great free standing plant that makes a great plant in a big border and grown in large bands

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

16 Comments Add yours

  1. tonytomeo says:

    I have never grown Joe Pye weed, but it seems to be getting popular in other regions. I grew something like it in the 80s as a cut flower crop, but I do not remember what it was. I know all the others, but they look different there. Abelia is common, but nice ones are rare. They always get shorn and deprived of their natural form. They are not much to look at without their nice arching boughs.

    1. thomashort says:

      Agree Tony, they all look like balls of green with no shape 🙁 joes got popular over here during the last 10yrs with the rise of planting with grasses, very popular to mix them together, great combo 👍

  2. John Kingdon says:

    I’ve never heard of that Buddleja, let alone seen one before. And not even a “plant of the week”. Which is cheating, Thomas. And that Eupatorium (which I refuse to call a weed) grows happily (as a weed) in untended front gardens around here but will never grow as a properly cultivated plant in mine. Naybe I will have to start calling it weed. 😉

    1. thomashort says:

      Ahh it’s not been around for too long John but is a beauty but had a bit of delicate breeding in there too, not to sure have hardy it would be with you, funny enough not made plant of the week but was in the bit I did on Longstock a few months ago, I agree I think it’s one of the nicest wild flowers we have! Too good to be called a weed

  3. n20gardener says:

    The Viburnum x bodnetense ‘Dawn’ is lovely – still susceptible to viburnum beetle?

    1. thomashort says:

      Not as much thankfully, honey fungus likes it though, just lost a big one at a clients house because of it

  4. Lora Hughes says:

    A great selection in that garden! One of the things that always surprises & delights me about UK gardens is the inclusion of what, in my native country, would be field flowers or forest shrubs such as golden rod & staghorn sumac. This is the first time I’ve seen Joe Pye in any garden here. It was a field favourite of mine before I emigrated here. Now I may have to find a place for it in my UK garden. Great six!

    1. thomashort says:

      Thank you Lora 😀 yes indeed we are lucky enough to be able to grow so many plants from around the world here, must be lovely to see plants from your native country growing around the uk, there’s a purple leave form of joe pie weed that is just stunning to have in the garden 😀

      1. Lora Hughes says:

        Purple leafed Joe Pye? omg . . . *Googles immediately* oh heavens . . . that is stunning . . .

      2. thomashort says:

        It is beautiful the flowers aren’t brilliant but the foliage 😍

  5. fredgardener says:

    Abelia is very floriferous this year and you’re right ,… a pleasure to see it every day!

    1. thomashort says:

      It’s just one of those plants that keeps on giving doesn’t 😀

  6. Jim Stephens says:

    I was growing that Buddleia as a nursery plant back in 2006. Not seen it in a while. Pretty classy parentage and claimed to be sterile. Must look out for one, I think I have the place for it.

    1. thomashort says:

      Well worth getting hold of doesn’t grow to big either 👍

  7. John Kingdon says:

    Jim – I’ve already found the Buddleja at Burncoose where, Thomas, they indicate that it doesn’t like exposed sites but can withstand temperatures down to -15C.

    1. thomashort says:

      Found it’s the wind that can do the most damage on the site these live

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