Late Summer Container Arrangements

Late summer is my favorite time of year for container arrangements. All that beautiful color both in blooms and foliage!

Purple Chrysanthemum, Sweet potato vine, Dusty Miller (Jacobaea maritima) and Hebe ’Zea’

This year, I’ve planted up quite a few containers to bring the late summer feeling to the entrance of the house.

Purple Chrysanthemum, Sweet potato vine, Dusty Miller (Jacobaea maritima) and Hebe ’Zea’

A simple design trick to make an arrangement look great is to pick just a few colors and to repeat them. In this case the Hebe’s yellow and green foliage is repeated in the potato vine. And the pink edges come again in the blooms of the Mum.

Both the Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ is a perennial and will come back next year. However, it’s always risky to winter over plants in containers so I might plant them in the ground in a month or two, just to be sure they make it though the winter.

Coleus ’Chocolate Mint’ in the foreground
Coleus, Begonia and Dichondra ’Silver Falls’

Dichondra ’Silver Falls’ is one of my favorite plants for late summer and fall containers. It brings contrast to the arrangement that makes the other plants pop.

Rudbeckia Fulgida ‘Goldsturm’, Coleus ’Chocolate Mint’, Carex ’Evergold’, Chrysanthemum, Dichondra ’Silver Falls’ and Ivy
How it all came together

Slug Resistant Hosta ’Twilight’

’Twilight’ Hosta is an improved variety that claims to have better slug resistance.

I get quite a lot of slugs in the garden and it seems to hold up well. My hosta is into season two and so far it’s had just a few tiny holes.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade.

Lavender flowers bloom in mid summer
It gets 22 inches (55cm) tall by 30 inches (75cm) wide
Popular with the bees
This hosta has shiny dark green leaves with wide gold margins that turn creamy white as the season progresses. It stands out in the shade and shines during the evening.
Fits perfectly in the corner

Agastache ’Blue Fortune’

Agastache Blue fortune

Agastache ’Blue Fortune’ (Hummingbird Mint) has begun to bloom. It gets lavender blue, bottle-brush like flowers mid July and goes on blooming all the way though September.

Hydrangea ’Annabelle’ to the left.
Agastache ’Blue Fortune’ in the center with Brunnera ’Jack Frost’ at its feet.
A yellow Daylily peaking up to the right.
Lavender ’Munstead’ in the foreground.

The foliage is deep-green with a touch of silver. It looks wonderful together with the foliage of brunnera or other silver-colored perennials like lamb’s ear or lavender.

The blooms are quite small in the beginning. They will get much higher as the summer progresses.

Agastache ’Blue Fortune’ prefers full sun, although it’s doing well in my garden where it only gets 5-6 h of sun. It’s drought tolerant, has a minty liquorice scent and gets about 2-3 feet (70cm) tall.

It’s the most popular perennial in my garden for bees and butterflies!

Sammels Lantgård (Farm)

Sammels landgård is a cosy farm, coffee shop, farm shop and garden located 20 minutes outside of Gothenburg, Sweden. We paid a visit, had a wonderful lunch and took in inspiration from the garden.

Sauna surrounded by Ferns and Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
Hedge of Marigold (Calendula officinalis). Marigold is an annual that can easily be grown from seed. I just planted them in one of my raised beds.
Garden entrance. The whole garden is planted in these huge raised beds made of stone. Here with Hostas, Catnip (Nepeta × faassenii) and Alliums
Lovely combination with Japanese Maple ’Bloodgood’, Hosta ’Canadian Blue’ and European Wild Ginger (Asarum europaeum)
Foliage contrast with Japanese Maple ’Bloodgood’, Hosta ’Canadian Blue’ and European Wild Ginger (Asarum europaeum)
Another dramatic raised bed. Purple leaf Hazel (Corylus maxima ’Purpurea’) with Creeping Jenny ground cover
African Dailsys (Osteospermum) and Blue Fescue Grass in front of the chicken coop
Welcoming spot in the shade
Kenilworth ivy (Cymbalaria muralis) fills in the cracks in this pathway
Another cute shed surrounded by Eryngo ’Blue Star’ (Eryngium alpinum ’Blue Star’), and Masterwort (Astrantia major Rubra)
Beautiful border with recurring patches of Eryngo ’Blue Star’ (Eryngium alpinum ’Blue Star’), Masterwort (Astrantia major Rubra), Bamboo, Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla) and Purple Coneflower
Yellow colors of the creeping Jenny glows below the dark red Masterwort (Astrantia major Rubra)
There are pretty details tucked in all over the garden. Here, surrounded by Brunnera ’Mr Morse’ and Lavendel
Wildflower meadow. Joy for the pollinators!
Mealycup Sage planeted in an old wheelbarrow
Barn peaking up above another beautiful border
Main house up on a hill. To the left, a cold frame turned café

Make your garden appear bigger – place a path on the diagonal

The longest line in your garden is on the diagonal. Take advantage of it by placing you main garden path on the diagonal, making it as long as possible. A long path will make the whole garden appear bigger.

To trick the eye even more we’ve made the end of the path slightly narrower. Point A is only 65 cm (25 inch) wide while point B is 70cm (27 inch) wide. This adds to the perception of perspective making point A seem further away than it actually is when viewed from point B.

Point A is narrower than point B

The main path in my garden is a wooden boardwalk but the idea of a diagonal path works with any any material.

The boardwalk takes a turn behind the pergola, creating even more interest. Wonder what’s hiding there?

Dwarf Patio Raspberry ’Ruby Beauty’

First berries are about to ripe.

’Ruby Beauty’ is dwarf raspberry shrub that grows just 90cm (3ft) tall, has no thorns and usually needs no support. In spite of its dwarf height, it produces about 1.5kg (3lb 6oz) of raspberries, all with traditional raspberry size and flavor.

’Ruby Beauty’ Dwarf Raspberry loaded with berries

I grow it in a 40 cm (16in) container in vegetable soil and fertilize once a week. It get sun from morning until 5 PM and is doing amazing!

The small size makes it easy to tuck into my vegetable garden.

Make your garden appear bigger with big-sized raised beds

Large object make the space look bigger – small objects do the opposite
It might seem odd, but one big container, shrub or tree makes an area appear bigger while many smaller objects do the opposite, especially if spread out. Use large raised beds to make a small garden appear bigger.

Wooden big raised bed with Boxwood, Heuchera ’Obsidian’ and Creeping forget-me-not Omphalodes verna
Boxwoods being structure and create winter interest
Deschampsia cespitosa ’Goldschleier’ (tufted hair grass) contrasts the dark Heuchera ’Obsidian’. It’s a beautiful semi-green grass that can handle sun to part shade and grows 2-3 feet tall.
Mid spring bloomer Globeflower Trollius x cultorum ’Cheddar’ picks up the yellow color from the Tufted hair grass. Grows 25-27 in full sun – part shade.
Columbine Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ’Black Barlow’ picks up the dark colors of the Heuchera ’Obsidian’. Can handle sun – part sun, grows 28-30 in high and can self seed.
The Creeping forget-me-not Omphalodes verna, sometime called blue-eyed Mary is a lovely ground cover that comes up early in the with fresh green leaves and tiny blue flowers. It prefers part-shade but does ok in shade as well.