Ten favourite plants for August 2017

It is often said that August is a poor time for English gardens, if you visit Chloris  At The Blooming Garden. you will see how wrong that statement can be.

I am joining in with Chloris and all the other garden bloggers with my ten favourite Plants for August.

In no particular order of preference, the first three are in the White & Green Garden.


They are Rosa ‘Iceberg’ well into its second flowering period, with the Japanese Anenome   and the Phlox paniculata ‘White Admiral’.

Number four and new to the garden this year is the Gladiolus papilio. I purchased this one when visiting Moyclare Gardens, Cornwall Here  The corms originally came as a gift from the renowned Cottage Gardener, Margery Fish.

Five and six are foliage plants, Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Burgundy’…

Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Burgundy’.

…and Colocasia ‘Black Dragon’.

These two are both in pots, they are entered into the village show today, respectively as a flowering and foliage pot plant.

Number seven in the charts is another pot plant, Aeonium arborean atropurpurem. This being a tender plant spends its summers in the south facing front garden.

Aeonium arborean atropurpurem

I do like to see Bronze Fennel in the garden, both for its scent when you brush against it and its delicate flowers. The insects appreciate it too. I usually propagate some from seed each year, although given the right conditions it will self seed.


Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’. Bronze Fennel.

Number nine is the Echinops ritro, this will also self seed. I was originally given a plant by someone who was removing it from their garden because it spreads. It has been well behaved here, it is another the pollinators love.

Echinops ritro

Last but not least is the Pelargonium ‘Frank Hedley’ AGM…

Pelargonium Frank Hedley AGM


…with its crimson red flower and variegated leaves, it is a winning addition to the late summer garden.

Do you have favourite August flowers?

To see what others have posted as their favourite plants for August please visit Chloris using the link at the top of the page.


23 thoughts on “Ten favourite plants for August 2017

  1. I do like your Aeonium arborean atropurpurem, I have just started keeping the plain variety this year, I do not think I have seen a dark one. I am glad to here yours can survive outside, I was wondering what to do with mine in the winter. Amelia


  2. Thank you for joining in Brian. I love your selection.
    Your Eucomis ‘ Sparling Burgundy’ really does sparkle.
    Are you a succulent fiend too? I can’t resist them even though winter storage is a problem.
    I have G.Papillo too and it spreads nicely ino a good clump.
    Rose ‘Iceberg’ js a good reliable white that goes on and on blooming.
    I can’ t grow phlox, I love your white one.


  3. What a great selection. I recognise the large leaved plant with purple stems. They used to grow along the marshy river edges in Mauritius…and we used to eat and cook the stems….a great traditional delicacy.


  4. Lovely! How did you get on at the show, did I miss it? I always seem to be catching up on reading blogs and sometimes get them in the wrong order. Love the gladi, this is one of my favourites too. 🙂


  5. Thank you. My garden is quite sad at this time of year so this is helpful. I will have to read up to see if any of these are available, and native to, Canada.


  6. Glad you enjoyed the show and had somethng to show from your efforts 🙂 Good to see your 10 August favourites. Did your eucomis flower in its first year, do you remember? I have a new SB which has no sign of a flower spike, but nor do two other varieties I have which are not new… 😦


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