Plants to fill those late summer gaps

We’ve had a lot of customers down in the last few weeks to say the rain and slugs have polished off some of their lovingly planted annuals, or their early summer flowering perennials have now faded and created a gap.  “What do we fill the gaps with?”

The good news is that there are plants available to do this. Late summer flowering perennials often flower long into the autumn, often right up to the last frosts.  Fuschias, Asters, Helianthemums and Coreopsis all fall into tiis category, and can range from tidy clump forming plants of 8 to 10 inches through to dramatic displays of plants reaching 2 to 3 feet or more.  If it’s something a little more moveable that you are after Dahlia’s always put on a good late show, and by lifting and storing the tubers before the hardest frosts they can be re-planted elsewhere next year.  Be vigilant though as slugs and snails seem to find them irresistible!

August 20, 2012 — Andrew Lay

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