Plants for late summer colour

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Here is a selection of our favourite plants for extending colour in your garden well into autumn. Visit us for inspiration and solutions for instant colour.

Hydrangeas are perfect for filling gaps and providing bold splashes of colour from late summer through to Autumn.

  • Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Zorro’ is stunning grown in groups in a mixed border or as an informal hedge.
  • Or choose one of the more unusual Hydrangeas with lacecap or conical flowers. 
  • Hydrangea paniculata ‘Magical Starlight’ and Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ are two favourites.
  • Quercifolia type hydrangeas also offer attractive autumn colour.
  • For something very different try our Hydrangea aspera ‘Hot Chocolate’.
Hydrangea aspera

Roses are perfect planting partners for Hydrangeas and not all are high maintenance. With regular deadheading many modern shrub roses offer beautiful scented blooms all summer and autumn. The key is to choose a variety known for its repeat flowering and disease resistant qualities and we have several specimen roses here to choose from. 

Deciduous shrubs and small trees make great feature plants in a mixed border where their foliage often changes colour in autumn. By including some low maintenance evergreen shrubs you’ll add structure and year round interest.

Ornamental grasses such as Miscanthus add height, movement and atmosphere providing the perfect backdrop to flowering perennials for a stunning finale to the late Summer border. Effective planting partners include long flowering perennials Achillea (Yarrow), Penstemon, Echinacea and Verbena bonariensis.

Evergreen grasses tend to be lower plants but still add a unique atmosphere to the garden and provide interest all year. Try Anemanthele lessoniana or Carex morrowii ‘Irish Green’and Achillea Terracotta with box balls for a hot combination or the neat silver grass Festuca glauca with blue Agapanthus for cooler hues. Then simply sit back and enjoy!

Jobs for July

  • Deadhead bedding plants
  • Dead-head your roses to keep them looking tidy. Leave the flowers in place if your rose produces attractive hips (seed pods)
  • Arrange care for plants while on holiday (adjust irrigation system if got one/ ask friends or relatives to water the plants and keep an eye on the soil moisture)
  • Water pots and new plants if dry, but be water-wise
  • Prune your deciduous Magnolia
  • Clear algae, blanket weeds and debris from ponds, and keep them topped up
  • Give the lawn a quick-acting summer feed, especially if not given a spring feed
  • Stop rust damaging Hollyhock foliage by pruning out affected leaves and/ or spraying with a fungicide
  • July is a good month to spray ground elder, bindweed and other persistent weeds with a glyphosate-based weed killer the plants during high summer have lots of leaf surface area with which to absorb it
  • Spray roses with insecticide and fungicide
Water pots and new plants if dry, but be water-wise