Chinese lanterns (Physalis alkekangi) light up the border alongside the rust-tinged foliage of Euphorbia martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow’.


Rudbeckia daisies glow among the rush-like leaves of Crocosmia ‘Paul’s Best’, following on from the Crocosmia‘s own golden yellow flowers.


Flat, nectar-rich heads of sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (now properly  Hylotelphium spectacabile) contrast with spears of iris foliage.  The irises flowered in June, following close on the heels of Allium ‘Purple Sensation’, now dormant under the pebbles. Self-seeding purple toadflax (Linaria purpurea) is gradually spreading along this border adding a delicate contrast to the more robust plants.

In the spring I must remind myself that these three plant combinations need nothing more adding, just time and space to settle in.