August Bloomers


Helenium ‘Indianersommer’

The late summer flowers are coming into their own now.


Hydrangea 003 Wm


Hydrangea, inherited (variety unknown)


Fuchsia 001 Wm


Hardy border fuchsia, inherited


Campanula carpatica Wm


 Campanula carpatica


Agapanthus Zachary Wm[1]


Agapanthus ‘Zachary’


Penstemon Snowstorm Wm


Penstemon ‘Snowstorm’


Rose Lady Emma Hamilton 002 Wm


 Rose ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’

The roses are still flowering


Geranium 003a Wm


 And this NoID geranium has just put up a second flush of flowers.

The bees are loving it..


Digitalis ferruginea gigantea Wm


 Digitalis ferruginea ‘Gigantea’. But not quite as much as they are loving this.

The name does not deceive. It is enormous. So much so that we took a tape measure up to measure it: 1.9m.

It is covered with flower spikes and I’ve never seen quite so many bees on a plant.


 Eryngium planum Blue Glitter Wm


Eryngium planum ‘Blue Glitter’

Another with aspirations to reach the sky. It is slated for a move when it has finished flowering. As is this..


Astilbe 001 Wm


Astilbe, inherited


 It seems that our wet and relatively mild Devon climate is highly conducive to growth.

There will be much to do, come autumn.


 Digitalis Illumination Wm


 Digitalis ‘Illumination’

The Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year, 2012


Linking to Garden Bloggers’ Blooms Day at May Dreams Gardens, where you will find other August bloomers from around the world


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  1. Simone August 15, 2013 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Wonderful Jessica! I have some heleniums bought this year that are yet to flower. Isn’t the hydrangea a lace cap variety? I really must grow some agapanthus and penstemons too. May favourite of all though has to be eringium. I think the flowers are stunning. x

    • Jessica August 15, 2013 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      It is a lace cap, which is my favourite type, but no idea which one! Its petals are turning deep pink as they fade, it’s lovely.

  2. Joanne August 15, 2013 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Lovely photos. I have a Hydrangea planned for next year when we finish the seating area. I’m going to stick it in a large pot with some ericaceous soil to keep it blue.

    • Jessica August 15, 2013 at 6:35 pm - Reply

      Our soil is neutral going on acid which leads to some interesting effects. I have one mop head that has pink and blue flowers on the same plant!

  3. Denise August 15, 2013 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Wow! Lovely Jessica. xxx

    • Jessica August 15, 2013 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      Thanks Denise!

  4. Denise August 15, 2013 at 11:04 am - Reply

    I do wonder if our growing and flowering season is going to extend a month further into Autumn as we ‘lost’ a month at the start of the year…heat wave at Christmas???

    • Jessica August 15, 2013 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      You never know. I have had roses at Christmas before now.. it’s part of the reason I’m currently buying up late summer bloomers, to try to extend the garden’s ‘season’.

  5. woolythymes August 15, 2013 at 11:19 am - Reply

    absolutely drop dead gorgeous!!!!! Your garden always makes me want to go outside and try to clean up the mess that I’m left with now that the heat of late summer has stolen most of my blooming flowers. I’ve got a couple rudbeckia that can handle the weather—and some shasta daisies—-a couple sad looking zinnias (yes, even the zinnias succumb!); everything else looks much the worse for wear. Until spring….I’ll just enjoy yours!!!

    • Jessica August 15, 2013 at 7:01 pm - Reply

      Your summer heat is much harder on garden plants than ours! But even here this year flowers have come and gone over very quickly, in spite of our watering.

  6. Jacqueline August 15, 2013 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Beautiful Jessica and wonderful photographs ….. I love that blue lacecap hydrangea and you are doing your bit for the bees with that gi-normous digitalis !! XXXX

    • Jessica August 15, 2013 at 7:05 pm - Reply

      Ginormous it certainly is! Most of them are bumbly bees, otherwise I’d be wondering if we had a swarm.

  7. jabblog August 15, 2013 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Gardens are rampant at the moment – glorious. Your flowers are quite lovely and very bee-friendly.

    • Jessica August 15, 2013 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      I’ve tried to go for bee friendly in recent purchases, they need all the help they can get.

  8. Jenny August 15, 2013 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Brilliant. I love it when flowers just keep going like your geranium 🙂

    • Jessica August 15, 2013 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      Hi Jenny and welcome to rusty duck!
      Me too.. the penstemons are good too, I keep nipping off old flowering shoots and they just send up more.

  9. Wendy August 15, 2013 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Your flowers are beautiful and it’s wonderful to see the bees enjoying them. I’ve only recently come to love hydrangeas and your blue lacecap is lovely. I love the blue geranium and astilbe, too.

    • Jessica August 15, 2013 at 7:14 pm - Reply

      I’m with you on the hydrangeas. All of mine were in the garden already, although I’ve shifted them around a bit. The lacecaps are more delicate but I’m getting to like the mop heads when they fade a bit. I was going to cut some for drying this year but alas they haven’t done so well.

  10. countrysidetales August 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    I enjoyed seeing your campanula as ours failed to grow at all. All that came up was a Shepherd’s Purse!

    • Jessica August 15, 2013 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      It’s one of my latest acquisitions.. it hasn’t had time to die on me yet!

  11. Rosie August 15, 2013 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Lovely blooms! I wish Agapanthus would grow here but it doesn’t like our soil – we had some in a pot for a couple of years but they disappeared one cold winter. The bees are having a wonderful time in our gardens at the moment:)

    • Jessica August 15, 2013 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      I planted this one last year, it produced so much foliage in spring I was looking forward to many many flowers. This is the only one! Maybe next year..

  12. Pearl August 15, 2013 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Lovely pictures, lovely flowers. I have many of these in my own garden.

    Greetings from Minneapolis!


    • Jessica August 15, 2013 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      Hi Pearl, thank you and welcome to rusty duck!

  13. Linda August 15, 2013 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    So many bees in the garden this year maybe because of the type of plants that we’ve added in the past couple of years. Love your white campanula.

    • Jessica August 15, 2013 at 7:23 pm - Reply

      I’ve noticed the same. The bees were late coming, but hopefully they are now having a good year.

  14. snowbird August 15, 2013 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    What a lovely selection of blossom. I must say though, that rose is just gorgeous! And I love the blue geranium. What lovely pics.xxxx

    • Jessica August 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      The rose has a gorgeous scent too, it’s beside the door of the greenhouse so I get a waft on my frequent trips in and out. Thanks snowbird.

  15. CJ August 15, 2013 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    What beautiful colours. The helemium is particularly gorgeous. Lovely to see you have plenty of bees as well.

    • Jessica August 15, 2013 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      Thanks CJ. I’m a recent convert to orange, making up for it now though!

  16. haggiz August 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Beautiful. My garden is looking very parched and there aren’t really many flowers left. I must do something about getting some so it’s not so bare next year. Julie x

    • Jessica August 15, 2013 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      You’ve probably had a lot less rain than us, and it’s been particularly soggy the last few days! This garden was the same when we took it on, apart from the ubiquitous crocosmia. It’s my mission to extend its season, in both directions.

  17. Helene August 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    Lovely photos, and flowers, I cut down my geraniums, but they have not yet given me a second flush – still hoping though! Your helenium looks very much like mine, although not the same variety.
    Happy GBBD!

    • Jessica August 15, 2013 at 7:38 pm - Reply

      Thanks Helene. I had Moerheim Beauty in my last garden, and it is lovely. It fades to a slightly lighter colour than Indianersommer. This one stays dark, but just shrivels. Maybe I have not watered it enough!

  18. justjilluk August 15, 2013 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Lovdely. My Agapanthus, second year in pot, just green shoots (:

    • Jessica August 15, 2013 at 7:44 pm - Reply

      Only the one flower for me.. I am hoping for better things next year!

  19. Pauline August 15, 2013 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    What a lovely selection of flowers, love the blue of the hydrangea and the agapanthus. Glad to know there is someone else who loses the labels for plants!

    • Jessica August 15, 2013 at 7:48 pm - Reply

      I frequently lose them! The problem is compounded by having taken on a garden which was planted, by others, many years ago. Labels long since vanished!

  20. frayed at the edge August 15, 2013 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful collection of blooms!

    • Jessica August 15, 2013 at 7:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks Anne. Malcolm’s is none too shabby either!

  21. Em August 15, 2013 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous! I wish ours looked like yours. The second geranium flush hasn’t happened yet so I just have some big bald patches! Love that last foxglove.

    • Jessica August 15, 2013 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      It’s a perennial foxglove, like its chum the ginormous one, so I’m hoping this means they don’t seed everywhere. Last year we had the wild foxgloves growing out of the roof!

  22. elaine August 15, 2013 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    I, like you, love the late summer flowers – I bought some heleniums this year and love the impact they have in the border – just hope they pull through the winter. The coreopsis I bought last year disappeared and I have had to replace it – this happens to me all the time, so much for them being perennial.

    • Jessica August 15, 2013 at 10:57 pm - Reply

      They made it through last winter for me, and on the top of the bank where it is quite exposed, so fingers crossed!

  23. Crafty Gardener August 15, 2013 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    Beautiful blooms … our gardens are beginning to look a little dried out due to lack of rain.

    • Jessica August 16, 2013 at 9:14 am - Reply

      The last couple of weeks we’ve had a lot of rain, so things have started to pick up again. Before that it was much the same here.

  24. CherryPie August 15, 2013 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    Summer beauty, thank you 🙂

    • Jessica August 16, 2013 at 9:18 am - Reply

      It’s so fleeting, good to capture it. Thanks Cherie.

  25. Linnae August 16, 2013 at 5:10 am - Reply

    I too, need to visit a nursery and see what’s blooming right now. My back flowerbed needs some season extenders! I want to find an agapanthus if I can–I’ve heard the hummingbirds like it. Happy Bloom Day!

    • Jessica August 16, 2013 at 9:29 am - Reply

      Hi Linnae and welcome to rusty duck.
      Agapanthus can be a bit tender here, but I am persevering. It will never see a hummingbird though – very very envious of yours!

  26. Ali August 16, 2013 at 7:59 am - Reply

    My garden is looking green, but devoid of flowers on the whole – clearly I have not planned adequately for late summer. Especially since I appear to have killed my penstemons and rudbekia. Sigh.

    • Jessica August 16, 2013 at 9:33 am - Reply

      I have just had a lavender turn its toes up on me less than a week after I bought it. You are not alone!
      I tried to leave a comment on your last post but I think Typepad is dumping me in the spam file again.

  27. Jo August 16, 2013 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Such beautiful blooms you have in your garden. I love the geranium, such a gorgeous blue.

    • Jessica August 16, 2013 at 9:40 am - Reply

      I love that shade of blue. Thanks Jo.

  28. Dorothy August 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    I can see that flowers love your climate! And how fortunate to be the recipient of those beautiful inherited plants! I especially like the fuchsia and hydrangea. I have a weakness for them!

    • Jessica August 16, 2013 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      We do have a lot of rain. Too much rain!

  29. Sarah August 16, 2013 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    You still have a wonderful selection of flowers in your garden. I wish I could get my geranuims to bloom so well for a second time like yours.
    Sarah x

    • Jessica August 16, 2013 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      The second flush is not as good as the first. But I chop them back quite early, mostly because I don’t particularly like the sprawly, straggly stage.

  30. John going gently August 16, 2013 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    We have the same hydrangea in the front garden x

    • Jessica August 17, 2013 at 9:36 am - Reply

      It’s a beauty, but I hope it isn’t trying to take over.. as this one is!

  31. Suzanne Dutchess County, NY, USA August 17, 2013 at 12:41 am - Reply

    Agapanthus is not hardy here. I grow them in pots and put them in the basement for the winter. I have found that the ones in pots like to be somewhat pot bound to get multiple blooms. Once divided it takes a year to two for the blooms to build. That rusty foxglove is one of my favorites. It did not seed like mad for me and the bees did love it. Looking for some now as mine were lost during a house renovation.
    Do you grow monks hood?

    • Jessica August 17, 2013 at 9:45 am - Reply

      I haven’t tried monks hood yet, but I can think of a place for it… when I clear the area that borders on to the woodland. Glad to read that Lou is on the mend.

      • Suzanne Dutchess County, NY, USA August 17, 2013 at 6:27 pm - Reply

        I wondered if you had monkshood on the slope. It sure would look nice combined with that big astilbe your moving there. I also like it paired with the selenium flaming lips. I like oranges and purples. Or do you call purple blue?

        • Jessica August 17, 2013 at 9:47 pm - Reply

          Monks hood I would call blue… but then if you put it into google it comes up with purple ones too! There is a patch of woodland to one side of the slope, that was where I was thinking of putting it. At least at the moment there is.

  32. BadPenny August 17, 2013 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Beautiful, I especially like the dainty white flowers. Love your Rusty ducks out of focus in the distance.
    My hydrangeas my mum gave me are fabulous this year.

    • Jessica August 17, 2013 at 9:54 am - Reply

      I don’t use enough white in the garden, have tried to rectify that this year!

  33. Janet/Plantaliscious August 17, 2013 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photographs, and I am trying not to be envious of that agapanthus, what a lovely colour. As for that Digitalis ferruginea ‘Gigantea’, I am going to look for seed…

  34. knitsofacto August 17, 2013 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Beautiful, beautiful flowers, and stunning images of them. I do love hydrangeas and yours is a beautiful blue.

    • Jessica August 17, 2013 at 9:53 pm - Reply

      Thanks Annie. It starts off blue and then fades to pink, our soil must confuse it!

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