PERIOD PLANTS (autumn flowering)
There are several useful period plants which give a good flowering display in the autumn period. We have grown the ones described below mainly from seed. This can take two years to fully establish good plants.
- Eupatorium purpureum (Joe Pye-Weed). From N. America, introduced to the UK in 1640. A tall border plant to 9 feet. It can be divided to increase stock. Only needs minimal staking. (Grown from seed)
- Mirabilis jalapa (Marvel of Peru). Native to the warmer parts of America (1596). Flowers open in late afternoon, hence the other common name of Four O’clock flower. The tuberous roots may be lifted in autumn and treated like Dahlias. Grows to about 2ft. (Grown from seed)
- Verbena bonariensis. Native to Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. (1737). A good border plant if grown in a mass. We have some in the Exedra Garden, and in a clump in the Kitchen Garden. I would like to increase the display in the Kitchen Garden, because they are good for attracting beneficial insects. Medium height 3-5 feet, no staking required. (Grown from seed). Will flower in the first year.
I use various sources including Jellito seeds, and Chiltern seeds.
Chris Hitchcock (Head Gardener)