As summer days start to draw in, you might think gardens are past their peak season, but on the contrary, many come into their own in the late summer. We asked the head gardeners at a selection of participating 2-for-1 gardens for their top tips for planting stunning late summer colour…
Newby Hall Gardens
Owner and Curator: Lucinda Compton
Top tip for long-lasting flowers? In order to extend flowering life, often the team adopt the ‘Chelsea Chop’, cutting back more than just dead-heading, normally done around the time of the Chelsea Flower Show, but at Newby we are still doing this in July!
Where to look in the garden? The best place to see late summer colour is actually the Autumn Garden which dazzles with colour every year, here you’ll find over 40 varieties of new world salvias, it even has it’s own variety, Salvia microphylla ‘Newby Hall’. Other late-flowering herbaceous plants are grown with a view to attract pollinating insects.
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Head Gardener: Fran Clifton
Top tip? To keep flowers going as long as possible, you ought to keep the moisture level as balanced as possible, such as using a layer of mulch. Compost or even wood chip (well-seasoned) will not only help to suppress the weeds, but retain moisture too.
Where to look? Centenary Border is certainly top of the list, closely followed by the pond and of course Hydrangea Walk.
Borde Hill Garden
Head Gardener: Andy Stevens
Top tip? Watering regularly and for a long period, at night or in the early morning. Mulch well for water retention and for feeding the plant.
Where to look? In the Mid-Summer Border (which is south-west facing) and in the beds outside the greenhouse, where it’s sheltered and sunny.
Pensthorpe Natural Park
Head Gardener: Jonathan Pearce