What’s looking good in September

Rudbeckia with Euonymus alatusThe Gardening Register garden is getting ready for winter but there are still a few plants worth a mention.

Here is a picture of our Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Herbstsonne’ (see plants in our garden for more information) together with Euonymus alatus compactus. The Euonymus is a very unusual shrub with distinctive corky wings on the stems. It has dark green leaves which turn a bright pink in autumn. The colour does not come over very bright on the photograph so if you get a chance to see it in real life I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it.

Phlox paniculataAnother late bloomer looking great is Phlox paniculata. I’m not sure of the exact variety but it is a lovely clear white. My mum has had this in her garden for years and this is part of her clump which I put in a few years back. I moved it last autumn into a better spot and it seems to like it.

Chinese dogwoodI thought I had told you about my Chinese dogwood (Cornus kousa var. chinensis) back in the summer when the bracts were glorious but I didn’t. So I thought I’d show you how it looks in September. These bright red fruits appeared about four weeks ago and look as if they will last well until the frosts.

Crocus.co.uk are selling this wonderful tree; here’s what they say: A real showstopper of a tree, with two seasons of interest. Broadly conical in shape, it produces tiny green flowers in June, surrounded by showy creamy white, flower bracts, that fade to lovely shades of pink. In autumn the dark green leaves turn crimson-purple and mature trees produce strawberry-like fruits. It’s an excellent specimen tree for a small garden or woodland edge, and the leaf colour is best in fertile, well-drained, neutral to acid soil.