September on the Growing Nursery is a time of mellow softness, with the bright, strong sun of summer a thing of the past; a time of looking forward to the gentle winding down of the year and the cooler days of autumn. That’s not to say that there is nothing to see on the nursery or little to do in your own garden.
On the nursery, we continue to bring out our ever increasing range of grasses for sale, the latest being a new Miscanthus sinensis 'Cute One' - a little like the Miscanthus sinensis 'Malepartus' but much smaller. This is particularly attractive as it has a cream stripe down the centre of the strap like leaves, and at only 40 cm in height is not as large as other Miscanthus. From August-October it has beautiful coppery flowerheads, which could easily be included in any flower arrangement. It's an adaptable plant, equally happy in sun or part shade, in moist but well drained soil, either in containers, borders or rockeries. Altogether a great addition to any garden.
Miscanthus Sinensis 'Malepartus' - grows to 1.8m, spreads to 1.2m and flowers August - February.
As is Pennisetum “Red Head” which like “Hameln” has bottlebrush like fluffy flower heads in late summer.
Opening a distinctive reddish pink, and aging to creamy buff, this Fountain Grass is aptly named, as it really does look like sprays or jets of water coming from the compact leaves.
It's deer and drought resistant, once established, and like “Cute One” is excellent as a cut flower. It also maintains interest through the winter, as the flowers dry well on the plant, and look stunning with a coating of frost.
In your own garden, the soil is still warm enough to plant, indeed we have had temperatures of 20 degrees celsius and upwards lately, so it’s worth having a look to see what’s on offer on the Nursery. We're doing a lot of weeding as a result of the recent rains - it’s not only our plants which appreciate the moisture, so I suspect it’s the same for you.
There’s always plenty to do - truly, having a garden is always a work in progress!
Alyson Woods, Nursery Manager