Succession Planting in the Suffolk Garden

I am slowly beginning to understand what succession planting might mean – people talk about it as a way of ensuring that there is always something interesting in the garden, but I think it could also allow me to change the feel and character of the garden as the seasons change – like wearing different outfilts at different times of the year.

The best plants for late summer colour

The Middle-Sized Garden listed plants today which are good for late summer interest in the garden, but didn’t list Japanese Anemones and I would like to add those to the list as they are looking absolutely wonderful right now! I have been thinking about the idea of ‘succession planting’ and so The Middle-Sized Garden suggestions are very helpful.

Japanese Anemone 'Hadspens Abundance'

Japanese Anemones 'Hadspens Abundance'

Japanese Anemones 'Hadspens Abundance'

Japanese Anemones 'Hadspens Abundance'

Japanese Anemones 'Honorine Jobert'Japanese Anemones 'Honorine Jobert'

And what about berries? The Viburnum Opulus ‘Compactum’ is covered in bunches of bright orange berries.

Viburnum Opulus 'Compactum'

And then there are the sedums, which are just starting to colour – ‘Autumn Joy’, ‘Indian Chief’, and ‘Purple Emperor’.

Sedum 'Autumn Joy'Sedum 'Indian Chief'

And the Heuchera ‘Purple Palace’ seems just as fresh as when they started!

Heuchera 'Purple Palace'

 

Wyken Hall Gardens

Wyken Vineyards is more than vineyards: there is a manor house dating from 1570 with later additions, and ‘..gardens which include a rose garden, topiary, herb garden, vegetable garden, maze, dell, wild garden, nuttery and an orchard, in addition to a commercial vineyard adjoining the site…’.

The house is a startling pinky-orange colour.

Wyken Hall

Wyken Hall

Wyken Hall

Wyken Hall

To one side is a maze, which is quite fun, and a quiet pond next to the dell.

The Maze at Wyken Hall The Pond at Wyken Hall

The Dell at Wyken Hall

Next to the house the planting is formal.

Wyken Hall Gardens

Wyken Hall Gardens

Wyken Hall Gardens

Wyken Hall Gardens

Wyken Hall Gardens

Wyken Hall Gardens

The ‘Hot Borders’ were very dramatic!

Wyken Hall Gardens

Wyken Hall GardensWyken Hall GardensWyken Hall Gardens

And the vegetable garden was colourful…

A last look…Wyken Hall