July 2010. Cirsium rivulare Atropurpureum adds a sumptuous touch of colour to our back garden
July 2010: Nepeta racemosa Amelia gives an airy feel to the planting, highlighted by Salvia Pink Blush.
Our pastel coloured bed in the back garden is at its peak in July with Erigerons stealling the show
July 2010: In the forehround Persaria amplexicaulis Atrosanguinea is just cominmg into flower. It was still going strong in October.
July 2010: Foreground, right, Helenium Wesergold adds a bold splash to our back garden.
July 2010: Perfect parters: blue Campanula persicifolia Pride of Exmouth and near-white Erigeron Schneewittchen (Snow White).
July 2010: Grasses add height to the planting. Centre: Helictotrichon sempervirens Pendulum with blue-green leaves and airy white flowers. Right: Stipa gigantea looks great from May to March!
August 2010: Foreground: Cephalaria dipsacoides is an unual perennial with wiry stems with bouncing cream flowers loved by bees
August 2010: Front garden with Persicaria, yellow Patrinia and blue Echinops the highlights.
August 2010: Rich red Helenium Bruno addes colour in our front garden.
August 2010: two of our passions together: Hemerocalls and Helenium - the rich red Stafford and the yellow-orange Sahin's Early Flowerer.
August 2010: Phlox add colour and perfume to our back garden, Here are Blushing Bride(front) and Brigadier (behind)
August 2010: More phlox - this time the Arendsii hybrid Miss Mary with its brilliant carmine flowers.
August 2010: We called Heleianthus (perennial sunflower) Capenoch Star "Sunshine on a stick", every time we walk round the corner and saw it it made us smile and picked us up.
August 2010: Helenium Vivace is one of the best
August 2010: With over 100 varieties of Helenium in flower in the garden, choosing our favourite is impossible but Konigstiger was really brillant this year.
August 2010: Stip gigantea just keeps on looking great in the summer sun,
August 2010: Stipa catches the evening sun highlighting the deep red of helenium Maghagoni
August 2010: Another view of the Stipa and Helenium Magagoni
August 2010: View across West Cheshire from our back garden
Late August 2010: Heleniums are coming to their full glory
Late Auust 2010: Heleniums, Phlox, Lythrums and much more creates a Christopher Lloyd-esque colour contrast!
Late Auust 2010: Part of our Helenium bed
Late Auust 2010: Another view of heleniums
August 2010 Perfect Partners: Persicaria amplexicaulis Firetail and Patrinia scabiosifolia
September 2010: Beds start to get that mellow look of Autumn
September 2010: Verbena bonairiensis is a priceless stalwart of the border now.
September 2010: Heleniums still add terrific flower power
September 2010: More Heleniums in full swing
September 2010: Still plenty of colour in the back garden
September 2010: Dahlia Nuit D'Ete looks stunning now
September 2010: The low, warm ligtht of autumn adds a softness to the planting
September 2010: Verbena and Persicaria see us out into October.