August 2018 – Perennials

August for many people is a dead month in their gardens

Following on the heat that we have had this year you may have started deadheading your roses and cutting back your perennials. Now it is a time to decide what to put in to take over to last though to the joy of the Autumn colours.

In the video I talk though some of the option that we have on the Stackyard Nursery at this moment including:

Veronica u. Georgia Blue commonly known as Speedwell which is a vigorous semi-evergreen perennial with small, lance-shaped leaves and loose racemes of deep blue flowers 12mm across.  

Leucanthemum xs ‘Aglaia’ commonly known as Shasta daisy ‘Aglaia’ with dark glossy green leaves and semi-double white flowers 10-12cm in width, with a trace of yellow in the centre 

Sedum ‘Ruby Glow’ commonly known as Stonecrop which is a succulent, greenish-purple leaf, topped with large, flat heads of ruby-red, star-shaped flowers from mid-summer to early autumn. This low-growing form of sedum is perfect for softening the front of a sunny, well-drained border.

The flowers can flop so stake early.

Monarda ‘Aquarius’ commonly known as Bergamot, Bee balm.  It is an upright, clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with lance-shaped, pointed, toothed, aromatic, semi-glossy, dark green leaves and erect stems bearing dense, whorled clusters of two-lipped, tubular, purple-pink flowers in summer.

Coreopsis verticillata ‘Golden Gain’  commonly known as Threadleaf Tickseed is a compact herbeceous perennial with airy, thread-leaf, green leaves and yellow flowers with darker yellow centres form late spring to late summer.

Hosta fortunei albopicta  commonly know as White painted plantain lily which has broad, creamy-yellow, heart-shaped leaves 20-25cm in length, with conspicuous veins and narrow green margins, forming compact clumps. Funnel-shaped mauve flowers are borne on leafy stems to 75cm in length.

Hosta ‘Wide Brim’ commonly known as White painted plantain lily is a clump-forming perennial with broadly heart-shaped, puckered dark green-blue leaves broadly-margined with creamy-yellow. Funnel-shaped pale lavender flowers on stems to 60cm in summer

Penstemon ‘Apple Blossom’  commonly known as Beard Tongue which is is a clump-forming semi-evergreen perennial to 70cm in height, with narrow foliage and erect racemes or panicles of bell-shaped, white-throated, pale pink flowers 2.5cm in length

Crocosmia xc ‘George Davidson’  commonly known as monbretia has sword-like, green leaves and arching spikes of rich amber-yellow, freesia-like flowers in July and August. 

Crocosmia xc ‘Castle Ward Late’ commonly known as monbretia is a clump-forming perennial, to 90cm tall, with narrow, pleated leaves and arching stems bearing tubular, somewhat spidery, orange flowers flushed with yellow in summer.

Lupinus Gallery Yellow which is a dwarf, clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with palmate, mid-green leaves and tall, upright, terminal racemes of pale yellow flowers from spring until summer.

We also look at a selection of grasses; Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’, ‘Hinjo’, and ‘Silberfeder’.

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