It is not surprising that most visitors to the Picton Garden come to see the Michaelmas Daisies around the end of September. But, those who come earlier in the season are not disappointed when they enjoy a garden which has evolved over many years to grow a large collection of interesting plants.
Echinaceas are still very much "in" plants. On the whole they do not enjoy most of the planting sites we have to offer. However, one or two seem happy enough in a small prairie bed where the drainage is good and we remember to prevent other plants from swamping them.
Our main area of prairie style planting makes extensive use of many cultivars of Aster novae-angliae. In most years some of these can be very tall, up to 200 cm in a few examples. The majority are around 120 cm in height. the next two pictures show this part of the garden before the asters come into their own.
The picture above shows the prairie willow, Salix exigua, Solidago and " Joe Pie Weed", Eupatorium purpureum. On the left mixed planting looks back to the latter group.
the deficiency with some early autumn colour.
The picture below shows Helenium 'Goldrausch'
Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn)
additionally colourful with orange fruits.
Eucryphia x intermedia 'Rostrevor' is an easy to grow, late flowering variety of these superb small trees.
These have been just a few of the interesting plants
to be seen in the garden during August and the early days of September.
There is nothing very unusual about most varieties of Hydrangea. But, it does seem surprising that so many have flowered so well after the severity of last winter.