The Last of the Summer Garden

I was delighted to return home and find my garden had blossomed with all the great weather London has had.  I even had roses which were still blooming!  Even the dark pink rose (a variety called Gloriana) that I had bought at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show in July seems to have settled in nicely.

My stroppy wisteria seems to have forgiven me for the trimming I gave her last year when she tried to break into the house.  Maybe absence makes the heart grow fonder because, before I left, Miss Wisteria was refusing to grow.  She’s back and running rampant over the pergola.wisteria

My pleached Photinia shows signs of reaching for each other.  I’m hoping next summer they will actually make contact so that they can start weaving together to form my tall hedge.  Lots of people have asked me where I got the pleached Photinia.  They are from a fabulous company called Folia in Hertfordshire who got me many of my plants.  Kate, the nursery manager, at Folia is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable.

pleached red robin

The Calamagrostis x Karl Foerster ornamental grass has gotten so tall.  I love the way they flop and sway.  The tall grass adds softness to the front garden which also contains the ornamental box.   Although the box can hold its own, the Karl Foerster has, however, completely hidden the black grass (Ophiophogan Nigrescens) at the front of the border.  I’m thinking of replanting the black grass because it is one of my favourites.

ornamental grass

Here are more floppy flowers in the front garden which is underplanting for an ornamental Japanese Acer tree.


Speaking of ornamental grass, here’s another one of my favourites – Blue Fescue.  Even though I chose not to bother with a traditional lawn in my titchy garden, I like having all the ornamental grasses.

blue festua

It’s the been the best welcome-back to sit in the garden this week in the sunshine enjoying the late flowering.  What do you enjoy about returning home after a trip?  I’d love to hear in the comments below.

This post is part of Mammasaurus’ How Does Your Garden Grow Blog Hop and PoCoLo  from Verily Victoria Vocalises.

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6 thoughts on “The Last of the Summer Garden

  1. Mammasaurus

    I love your garden – and the ornamental grass is smashing. Oddly enough not something I’d ever considered planting before now. I have a major Wisteria envy, I’ve toyed with the idea of planting one myself but have heard tales of how they can take years to establish and that puts off the impatient side of me a little bit – is that true, that they can take a long time to establish?

    Lovely photos and thanks ever so much for sharing x

    1. nylonliving Post author

      Thank you kindly! Our wisteria has been going for 20+ years. It was put in by the previous owners. It was the only thing from the old garden we were able to salvage and I’m thankful because, yes, it does take forever to get going. It’s so beautiful especially against either white stucco or red brick (in our case).

  2. Victoria Welton (@VicWelton)

    What an absolutely stunning garden – I am really envious 🙂 Looks like I can take some tips from you! On another note, I don’t know why but I really recognise your face. Loving the name of your blog too. Thank you so much for linking to PoCoLo – hope to see you tomorrow 🙂


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