Colours of Late Summer, Part One

One particular garden I visited in the UK last week had some wonderful displays of late summer colours, which I would like to share…

But first the backdrop: LUSH GREEN!

The thick lawn and fresh foliage everywhere gives the strong colours in the borders even more impact…


The hot border – with dahlias, crocosmia, lobelia, salvia and more – is simply stunning.

I particularly liked the dark foliage of the Dahlias, contrasting with the pale Echinacea in the foreground.


This border focused on yellows, creams and shades of apricot and peach, with contrasting foliage. Note a yellow buddleia on the left at the back. The apricot crocosmia at the front also stands out.


These gorgeous Heleniums stole the show!

Here the garden borders a wild flower meadow and the open countryside…

And peeping out of this bright border I discovered an absolutely gorgeous Dahlia… (My favourite so far!)

Adorable! It was on sale in their nursery, but I have had limited success with dahlias in my garden so I will just look at this photo occasionally instead! (It’s called “Honka Surprise”)

Do YOU have a favourite late-summer flower?

Tomorrow I’ll post some of the “cooler” colours I found in this garden…

23 thoughts on “Colours of Late Summer, Part One

  1. Favourites for late summer are heleniums and echinacea – unfortunately they don’t like my garden, or my way of gardening. Looks like a beautiful garden you visited, is it open to the public?

  2. Any flower that blooms this time of year is my favorite…. Just this morning I was enjoying the blossoms on my chocolate mints. But this time of year it takes a bold flower to bloom and I rejoice in their color.

    That dahlia looks like a star. I would have named it some sort of star I think. When I came to your wild flower meadow … I just had the urge go swim into the blossoms on the wings of a bee. Oh to be a bee and drink up the nectar of late summer. Sweet honey.

  3. I’m not sure I could choose a single favourite, I love it when they are all combined. The first red border looks just stunning, I’ll have the whole border please ๐Ÿ™‚ and where was the garden?

  4. Oh, these photos are gorgeous and makes me want to visit the UK too! I have always loved Chritopher Lloyd’s style and some of these photos remind me of the gardens he created. I would love to see a yellow butterfly bush and apricot crocosmia? I haven’t seen either! I do have a favorite late summer flower. It is aster ‘Little Prince.’ It takes forever to open but in the meantime is a tight clump of black foliage. When it finally opens there are millions of little white flowers with rose centers.

    • It was also the first time I saw them both – a simply beautiful garden! The asters are just about starting to open here. Little Prince sounds lovely!

  5. English gardens are so marvelous! I donยดt have a favourite flower, I think the combinations make this garden so wonderful.

  6. After a grey and rainy day I enjoy the lovely and colourful pictures of this dream-like English garden. Oh, if I only could visit such a garden one day…it is like a paradise.
    I love all kinds and colours of autumn asters. A wonderful blue one is already in flower, a red one just starts opening the first buds and a small pale pink aster is only showing one soft bloom now.

    • My deep pink one is just starting to open. Hope we get some more butterflies! This garden IS paradise Elisabeth… I have been there often, but this time I was so impressed with their planting schemes. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  8. Hi Cathy: Totally lovely. I love the color combinations especially the hot red and creamy white. There are such stunning flowers blooming this time of year. Mother nature puts on quite the show.
    I am inspired and am making plans for next year for my garden… ๐Ÿ™‚

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