Kathy Brown's SEPTEMBER Garden
The Manor House, Church Road, Stevington,
Nr Bedford MK43 7QB
Tel. 01234 822064
This is a wonderful time of year for the special autumn light on the ornamental grass borders with their links to various artists which creates a marvellous atmosphere as you weave your way through the paths which transect them. Golden grasses of various kinds now joined by towering miscanthus vie with tall solidago, whispy purple verbenas, and lots and lots of echinaceas including Fatal Attraction, Green Envy, beautiful 'Green Jewel', White Swan and notable 'Virgin' as well as pinks underplanted with blue Geranium Rozanne, sedums etc. The bees and butterflies love them all. It is magical to wander through the paths which dissect the borders enjoying the movement and back light.
Many of the late flowering clematis will still be looking really good especially 'Polish Spirit', Royal Velour, Black Prince, Kaiu, Carmencita, Perle d'Azure, rehderiana, and all the yellows, many with fluffy seedheads. We have species serratifolia (fantastic show this year) and pretty tanguticas as well as Aurelion, excellent Bill Mac Kenzie and dainty Golden Tiara. The white Japanese anemones beneath the wisteria arches look marvellous beneath the yellow clematis. Anemone Dreaming Swan, Ruffled Swan and Wild Swan are all exceptional with the blue stripe reverse to their petals.
By now the orchard is rich with fruit including colourful crab apples, and delicious apples, and damsons. And, there are still many edible flowers to use from the edible flower garden and elsewhere including marigolds, mint, coriander, basil, hollyhocks, roses, garlic chives, phlox, delicious fennel flowers etc all delicious to use in the kitchen. See marigold and carrot cake!
The containers are at their best in the old fish pond which is full of exotic fuchsias and begonias, spiky agaves and dasylirions, sumptuous black aeoniums and soft grey echeverias. They make a memorable display, complete with colourful step ladders. My book on Container Gardening (£9.99) provides lots of inspiration and ideas gleaned over the last twenty years. So many of my container are long term which just seem to get better and better as the years pass by. Shrubs, including a glorious white Hydrangea quercifolia Snowflake, grasses and herbaceous plants are all used to great effect.
Container gardening offers such a brilliant way to show off plants and I have lots of unusual ideas as my many visitors will testify....even a telephone, tennis racket and pipe (ode to Van Gogh) are planted here!
All in all the garden is still looking wonderfully colourful and very atmospheric.
Open 1-5pm all Tuesdays in September
also Sunday September 17th 1-5pm
and to pre-arranged Groups (at any time except Tuesday afternoons),
see Group Visit button