6th February 2017

Physostegia ‘virginiana’ with Achillea ‘Moonshine’, Achillea ‘Inca Gold’ and Helenium ‘Ruinzwerg’

I used this planting combination at the back of my Hill Top garden. It is useful to use brightly coloured combinations in distant views as they will jump forward and catch the eye.

Equally white or variegated plants are useful in shade as they will shine out of the dark.

Anemone hupehensis ‘Splendens’

What a delight Anemonies are for late colour.

First showing in August they can last until the end of October. Their airy heads bobbing in the autumn light.

Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Rosea’ combnied with Hellenium

This photo was taken at a private garden designed by Christopher Bradley-Hole.

A gentle bank was mass planted with this combination and provided a stunning swathe of colour and texture.


These are such beautiful plants but often avoided because they are such a slug and snail banquet. My advice is to plant them in raised beds and planters where it is easier to control the pests. I use a liquid called Slug Clear, which I water into the soil from March onwards, once a month. This kills the eggs in the soil so the slugs/snails do not reproduce.

Combine lots of different Hostas with ferns and Astrantia in a shady spot.

Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea ‘White Swan’ and Stipa gigantea

Echinacea are so very beautiful when planted in large swathes in naturalistic plantings.

Here they are combined with the fabulous grass Stipa gigantea which forms large green clumps in the spring and produce enormous oat-like flowers that shimmer in the sun.

Check back to my blog for further seasonal Plant Focussed articles. You can view a gallery of selected plants I’ve chosen in my projects.