I am mixing my senses here, but I do tend to a degree of synaesthesia when describing colour and its intensity.  Whilst supersonic really relates to speed, it is the word that keeps coming to me when I look at these pictures of the bright border and need a word to describe the intensity of colour and texture and form.  So humour me.

Here is the bright border viewed from the rose garden at about 8am.  We were in for a hot hot day, and you can almost feel the heat already.  I love the blues and pinks in the rose garden in the foreground and then the hot colours beyond.


We can zoom over there at supersonic speed.


The colours are shouting out at us, if not screaming.  Crocosmia ‘Emberglow’ has taken over from Phlox paniculata ‘Starfire’ as the shoutiest plant in the border.  I just love that deep red.


Gladioli ‘Black Star’ have joined the party too.  They were the subject of Infatuation.


I am really loving this Gladioli with Rosa ‘Summer Song’.

Rosa ‘Summer Song’ with Gladioli ‘Black Star’ behind.

A week ago this rose was throwing out tiny flowers; a sign of the drought.  Then we had a lovely downpour and the rose has corrected itself.  The wonder of nature.

Rosa ‘Summer Song’ with Gladioli ‘Black Star’ behind.

This is the perfect rose for the bright border. It just sizzles in the heat.  I love the flames of green in this photo!

Rosa ‘Summer Song’

Although I am finding it hard to take my eyes off the gladioli.

Gladioli ‘Black Star’ with Crocosmia ‘Emberglow’ behind.

Hemerocallis ‘Bonanza’ is still flowering away.

Hemerocallis ‘Bonanza’ (in front) with Gladioli ‘Black Star’ to the right and Crocosmia ‘Emberglow’ behind.

I love the busy textures in the bright border.  Everything is at full whack: colour, texture, flower- and plant-form.

Hemerocallis ‘Bonanza’

We may blow a fuse.


The lines are sharp and the contrast between sun and shadow is clearly defined.  It is a complete contrast with the rose garden, which is all softness and blur.   Whilst the rose garden is all light and twinkly, the bright border is the-volume-turned-up-to-full and feel-the-bass-in-the-pit-of-your-stomach.

Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’

There are sharp edges, but there is also rich plushness.

Gladioli ‘Black Star’

The flames of crocosmia are causing a heat-haze (that’s Geranium ‘Anne Thomson’ giving me a purple thrill against the red crocosmia, by the way).

Crocosmia ‘Emberglow’ with Geranium ‘Anne Thomson’ behind.

The flames have licked their way to the ends of the stems, leaving dessicating seed pods behind.  (OMG I love that blurry background!!  More Bokeh obsession!)

Crocosmia ‘Emberglow’

It is a conflagration!

Crocosmia ‘Emberglow’

Rosa ‘Thomas a Becket’ is building up to a second flush.  For now he is just providing the odd thrill behind the crocosmia.

Crocosmia ‘Emberglow’ with Rosa ‘Thomas a Becket’ behind.

Salvia ‘Amistad’ calms things down with a bit of gothy black.

Salvia ‘Amistad’

Geranium ‘Anne Thomson’ ramps it up again with her magenta.  She is more glam rock than goth.

Geranium ‘Anne Thomson’

For those of you who read Butterflies and Buddleia in the Bright Border, you might remember my futile quest to photograph a peacock butterfly on the buddleia.  This comma settled for a nano-second before blowing a raspberry at me and flouncing off.

Buddleja davidii ‘Black Knight’

How is your garden coping in the heat?  Are there new things happening?  Which are your favourite late-summer flowering perennials?

If you’d like to receive emails when I post, click the ‘Follow’ button at the base of this post. 

My garden has been my sanctuary at times of need, and is now a constant source of joy and contentment.  I love to share this with anyone else who might be in need of a little peace or escape.  You can also share the post via the usual social media channels, and via email.

18 Comments Add yours

  1. Great article, lovely photos and wonderful colours.

    1. Ali says:

      Thank you Richard!

  2. Claudette says:

    You do have so much lovely colour in your garden.

    1. Ali says:

      Thanks Claudette. I am really pleased with it this year.

  3. pommepal says:

    I could feel the heat radiating out of the iPad screen. Almost too hot to handle.

  4. bcparkison says:

    Just breath takeing beauty!

  5. Heyjude says:

    Sizzling! I do like Crocosmia ‘Emberglow’ even better than ‘Lucifer’ I think.

    1. Ali says:

      I do too. It lasts longer and is a much fuller plant. And you can get up close if you plant at the edge of the border.

      1. Heyjude says:

        I might move my Crocosmia. At the moment they get clobbered by an unruly jasmine 😦

      2. Ali says:

        It is worth putting them where they can shine.

  6. A garden on fire, Ali, and so gorgeous – supersonic indeed 🙂

  7. Val says:

    I love Crocosmia, we have some that if left to its own devices would take over the garden!

    1. Yes, the orange form (montbretia) is especially happy to roam, isn’t it?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s