Grass & Flower Combinations

I have planted Carex ‘Evergold’ in one of the small, square beds set into the gravel and I think flowers would be interesting standing up above the grass. This is the ‘hot colours’ part of the garden and so I think quite a dramatic combination could work well: Astrantia, Sanguisorba, or a purple Sedum.

Carex 'Evergold'
Carex ‘Evergold’

Grass & Flower Combinations

I have planted low-growing grasses in small, square beds and think they will need some taller, wavy flowers planted amongst them. But which flowers? I have combined Luzula Nivea and Carex ‘Frosted Curls’ and I think blue flowers would look good standing above the grasses, and perhaps the cornflowers are best as this is a cottage garden.

Small globe thistle (www.crocus.co.uk)
Small globe thistle (www.crocus.co.uk)
Verbena Bonariensis 'Lollipop' (www.crocus.co.uk)
Verbena Bonariensis ‘Lollipop’ (www.crocus.co.uk)
Cornflowers (www.crocus.co.uk)
Cornflowers (www.crocus.co.uk)

Autumn Grasses in Suffolk

The grasses in the front garden are starting to flower and if the weather holds they should be absolutely wonderful during October – it is hard to believe that winter is just round the corner.

A Pennisetum - not quite sure which one
A Pennisetum – not quite sure which one

Calamagrostis Brachytricha is flowering abundantly – soft, feathery, pinkish flower heads which are quite ethereal. And I like the combination with the echinacea seed pods. The flowers will stand through the winter and then I will cut down hard in the spring.

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Miscanthus Sinensis ‘Kleine Silberspinne’ is thicker and more luscious than ever before and the dark pinky-brown flower heads are just starting to rise above the leaves. The clumps are now in their fifth year and properly established. I will cut down in the early spring.

Miscanthus Sinensis 'Kleine Silberspinne'
Miscanthus Sinensis ‘Kleine Silberspinne’
Miscanthus Sinensis 'Kleine Silberspinne' & Stipa Tenuissima
Miscanthus Sinensis ‘Kleine Silberspinne’ & Stipa Tenuissima

Stipa Gigantea has done well again, but the bergenias are starting to crowd the plant and I need to remove a few.

Stipa Gigantea
Stipa Gigantea

And the newly planted Carex Testacea which I have combined with Heuchera ‘Crême Brûlée and a purple sedum.

Carex Testacea
Carex Testacea

Luzula Nivea looks interesting.

Luzula Nivea
Luzula Nivea

Carex ‘Frosted Curls’ should also be fun!

Carex 'Frosted Curls'
Carex ‘Frosted Curls’

Autumn in Suffolk

The front garden is looking just as abundant as the back garden – in the evening light it looked more like high summer than autumn!

The front garden in the evening light
The front garden in the evening light
Anthemis 'Mayonnaise'
Anthemis ‘Mayonnaise’

There are some late roses – William Shakespeare and Graham Thomas

William Shakespeare

Graham Thomas

The bed which was replanted in the spring is working! The Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ are marvellously vibrant – I may plant a few more in the spring – and the Japanese Anemones ‘Honorine Jobert’ are starting to clump in the shade of the hedge.

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The sedums are spectacular!

Sedum 'Autumn Joy'
Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

Autumn in Suffolk

I can’t believe that it is early October and the garden still looks good. I started clearing up in the back garden, cutting down the Japanese Anemones before the seedpods could burst – they are multiplying quite fast enough without seeding as well! I need to thin the clumps but I think I will wait til early spring while the plants are still dormant. The Viburnum berries are abundantly red and the sedums are absolutely stunning. The cool start to the year meant they didn’t romp away and I have compact plants with enormous flower heads.