We've been growing plants here in Devon for more than 30 years but don't be fooled into thinking that the climate will make our plants soft and tender; we are nearly 1000 feet above sea level on the edge of Dartmoor and in a 'normal' season would expect to get 45 inches of rain a year. Temperatures in the winter can fall to below -8 Centrigrade so we think it quite likely that most of our plants will go on to more favourable climes!
Surely some of the most flamboyant plants to bloom at this time of year are the Autumn Gentians. They need a moist lime-free soil which does not dry out in the summer but if this is not possible in your garden, why not try growing some in a pot or container,using a lime free (ericacaeous) compost mixed with loam or some John Innes type compost. Treat them as you would a tub of bedding plants,keeping them well-watered during the hot, dry Summer months and they will reward you with a glorious display of exquisite blue flowers just as the garden is starting to wind down.
A pot or two of Gentians outside your front door will greet you a blast of colour from September until the end of October.
Shown here is Gentiana 'Blue Silk', just one of the many varieties we grow click here for more information
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