The summer bedding in the Jardin du Luxembourg seems to be planned to come into its own in September, timed for la rentrée when Parisians return from their summer holidays.

 

 

The long tassels of purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’) glow in the low autumn sun while the grass foliage hides the gawky stems of the shocking pink dahlias.  The formal beds in the centre of the park are edged with a ribbon of begonias, smothered in flowers in shades of pink and red.  The overall effect is remarkably subtle.