The gardens at home are in the July lull at the moment, there's not a lot in full flower, plants are either going over or just coming out into flower. A group of plants that do flower right over this gap period are the Scabious or Pincushion flowers and their relatives.
|Knautia, Cephalaria and Thalictrum make a lovely combination|
|If you look closely at the Thalictrum flowers they have the pink - purple and cream of the|
Knautias and Cephalaria
Celpahalaria or Giant Scabious towers above the flower border with it's six foot high flower stems topped with yellow scabious flowers. Even once the flowers are finished the seed heads are worth keeping for their interesting shape and detail right into autumn and winter. Happy in sun or shade this is a plant worthy of a space, but it needs a lot of space as the leaves also get up to four feet or so long!
Thalictrum 'Elin' is one of my favourite plants and makes into my top 100 plants which you can read about here. Again it is a tall plant in flower with it's flower stems reaching seven feet. The tiny little flowers are purple in bud and open to reveal creamy yellow tiny flowers, reminiscent of gypsophela. I quite often use it in the same way as a filler or to add an airy feel to a vase of flowers. Despite its size the plant is very wind resistant and emerges from the ground in spring with purple leaves and stems, creating interest before it's even flowering.
|Detail of Thalictrum 'Elin' flowers|
|A pretty combination for mid summer|
Another of my favourite flowers is Knautia macedonica, or the Macedonian Scabious. Growing to three feet tall it flowers for weeks on end through summer. I like to dot them through the border where other plants can hel keep them upright as they can be a bit sprawly. It's needs friends to keep it up as if it's been on a good night out! The knautia flowers also last well in a vase, looking pretty in bud before there's even a hint of colour.
|Thalictrum and Knautia buds|
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting In a vase on a Monday. You can visit here blog for more inspiration and vases.
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