In 2013, I followed the late Geoff Hamilton's advice and visited a garden centre or nursery each month of the year, purchasing a plant in flower. Doing this should ensure that I have something blooming in the garden every month of the year.
The plant I bought in September was Dianthus Sunflor Charmy. I took a photo of it blooming away earlier this year but I think I may have deleted it so here's one which I took last year.
The plant label stated that it should flower from early spring through to late summer, but this is the state of play at the moment. At least it's put on a little growth, it's more than double its original size now.
All is not lost though, there are still some new buds coming through so it may put on another show yet.
I may have been tempted to buy another plant in flower for September seeing as the dianthus isn't doing its thing at the moment were it not for the fact that I noticed this in my border.
This is Liriope Royal Purple, the plant I bought in August and which I though I'd lost. I ended up buying another plant last month to fill the August gap so this Liriope will now fill the September gap nicely.
I was so surprised when I saw it blooming there as I didn't notice it last year either, it seems quite happy though and so am I now that I know another of my purchases has been a success.
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