Key plants in the bright border

This is a companion piece to The Big Bang: the making of a bright border.

These are the key plants that make up the display in my bright border.

First there are the tulips: ‘Couleur Cardinal’, ‘Antraciet’, ‘Ballerina’ and ‘Purple Flame’. They are accompanied by Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’ and Geum ‘Hilltop Beacon’ and new spikes of hemerocallis and crocosmia.

At the beginning of May there’s Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ with Lupin ‘Gallery Red’ and Geum ‘Hilltop Beauty’ and Peonies ‘Karl Rosenfield’, ‘Kansas’ and ‘Inspecteur Lavergne’.

Rosa ‘Summer Song’, ‘Thomas a Beckett’ and ‘Benjamin Britten’ are accompanied by Lychnis coronaria, Hardy Geraniums ‘Orion’ and ‘Brookside’ and Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’.

Rosa 'Summer Song' and Lychnis coronaria

Lychnis coronaria, Phlox paniculata ‘Starburst’, ‘Coral Flame’ and ‘Purple Flame’, and Hemerocallis ‘Bonanza’ and ‘Flore Pleno’ are the stars of July.

Hemerocallis 'Bonanza' (3)Lychnis coronaria with Geum 'Hilltop Beacon'

Then the late-flowering perennials see out the summer. There’s Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’, (confession here about helenium, We’re on a break.), Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and the buddleias, ‘Royal Red’ and ‘Black Knight’.

Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty'The bright border is constantly evolving and doesn’t ever look the same from one year to the next.  When I have been looking back at posts this year it has amazed me how different it looks from week to week too.  You can click on the ‘bright border’ tab at the top or bottom of this post, and all posts about the bright border at various times of the year will appear.

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Buddleia davidii 'Royal Red'Buddlea davidii 'Black Knight'

Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty' with Buddleia davidii 'Black Knight'

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