The Tuesday View (19th November)

After dithering all week, I finally decided on the new view!  I shall probably change the angle occasionally, but this is the view from the patio steps across the south rockery, taken at about 2.30pm on a very grey day. This side of the rockery is dry and hot in summer, damp and cold due to shade from evergreens in winter.


The Persicaria amplexicaulis (the red candles in front of the golden Euonymous on the right) is still flowering like crazy, even though the leaves are looking tattered and yellow. It has its roots in the shade in the summer, despite its sunny position, which it seems to like.

Have you ever grown Persicaria? Are there others I should look out for? Would love to hear from you!

44 thoughts on “The Tuesday View (19th November)

  1. Such a lovely interesting view, with contrasting texture, it could be a tapestry! Yes, I have Persicaria, it likes our wet clay and tends to spread too much so has to be curtailed regularly!

    • The large leaves are attractive in summer too, and then all those flowers from late August onwards… I’m smitten with it! The Pesricaria capitata may be suitable for your climate – very pretty, but small pink flowers and I’ve heard it can become invasive…

  2. Great choice for the new ‘View’, it will be very interesting to see the changes through the year. Is that another sculpture on the RHS. I don’t grow Persicaria as its too dry for it here but there are lots of lovely and very different varieties to look for.

  3. Great interest of texture and colour, Cathy. It’s such a challenge too planting a place that is hot and dry in summer and shady and damp in winter. I quite like Persicaria Firetail and Persicaria Red Dragon, the latter being a recent discovery but it’s very special!

  4. Oh what an eye catching view Cathy. I’m looking forward to seeing how it will pan out over the next year. Is that tufa rock? Very cold, blue skies and sun here at this afternoon after first flurry of snow this morning. One persicaria in the garden but would like to try others.

    • Hi Anna. They call it jurassic limestone here… probably the same as tufa. The whole valley is made up of this rock, so it fits in well! I hear the UK is expecting snow, so it will probably come our way too. Stay warm!

  5. What a colourful and interesting picture! It will become interesting to follow over the year. The 19th of November seems to be a good day for starting. 🙂 Uta

    • The winter is not usually very interesting, but hope it will look good in spring. I have put some new spring bulbs in this side of the garden for extra colour next year! 😀

  6. Absolutely beautiful, I love all the different plants and colors. There are so many great hiding spaces for all the sweet little creatures too. In Mexico that would be a bird and lizard paradise 🙂

  7. Gorgeous view, Cathy. What a lovely range of colours you have still flowering! Golds as well as reds. Persicaria would be non-no here too. Limestone, well drained, v. hot summers, v. cold winters. Do you tend these plants on the slope or do you leave things to get on with it? If you tend them what a nightmare of a slope!! Look fwd to the next photos.

    • Thanks Lindsay. I do clamber around in there, but rather infrequently as it is a bit hazardous! After cutting back the giant poppies and as soon as the Valerian gets going in the summer I leave it to do its own thing! 😀

    • It will probably look a bit bare through winter… it will be an interesting project for me to watch more carefully, as I don’t often look at it from this angle in winter!

    • Thanks Sarah. It looks like winter is really on the way now, with lots of snow falling in the mountains. Hope we get some soon, AND some sunshine too to brighten up the photo!

  8. I will echo the enthusiasm you have already received for this view. I remember seeing it a few times and think it is intriguing. My garden is way too flat–would love to have a few of your rocks.

    • It would be rather amusing to get a picture of me weeding on this slope… 😉 In the first few years here there were plenty of tree stumps as footholds, but they have all rotted away now!

  9. I looks a challenging site to garden and yet you’ve got lots of colour in it at this time of year. November can be a very boring time in the garden but the rockery is still full of interest.

  10. Hi Cathy, more of your lovely garden, looking forward to developments. I grew Persicaria in pots with nizula grasses and alchemilla mollis, this year, the persicaria will collapse in the frosts but mine is still flowering too.

    • Hi Julie. I think Persicaria is a pretty versatile plant and will thrive anywhere. I believe Japanese Knotweed is the same family… 😉 I have grown Persicaria capitata in a pot, and it seeded itself. Every year a few seedlings appear in different spots now!

      • Hi Cathy, yes it’s in the same family, but definitely not a Japanese knotweed. I grow Persicaria amplexicaulis. And I think it’s firetail, the label was lost a long time ago. We have had some light frost here and it’s still flowering albeit a little tatty. The pot limits the spread, but is good in borders too, likes a little shade and moisture.

  11. What a great choice for the weekly view, it looks like there will be a ton of things popping up amongst the rocks! Wish my persicaria still looked half as nice, it just doesn’t seem as happy as your plant…. and to think I was afraid it would turn out to be a weed!

    • It does look good in late spring – one reason for focusing on it is so I can see where I need more early colour and foliage. I’ve been concentrating on the other side of the rockery too much! I think Persicaria is one of those plants that thrives only where it wants. Supposedly they like damp ground, but the rockery is as dry as a bone in summer!

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