September Posy
`Autumn …the year’s last, loveliest smile’ – William Cullen Bryant


Autumn Colours

September’s blooms in our garden have been a beautiful rich, warm colour palette of red, orange and gold. These deep, warm colours would make a fabulous Analogous Colour Scheme for a wedding or home decor. I have written previously in my March Posy Blog Post all about the creation of different Colour Schemes. To create an analogous look you pick 2, 3 or 4 colours on the colour wheel that are next to each other. You can either use them equally or use one as a dominant colour with the others to support.

As an artist and  flower photographer I am absolutely passionate about colour and how different hues can be combined together to create beautiful colour palettes. A  Colour Wheel is a simple tool to work out how to combine different hues. It is an invaluable aid as an artist and can be used when planning colour schemes for interior design, for weddings and when planning a new border in the garden.

Colour Wheel


For this month’s Posy I aimed to create an image which celebrated the arrival of Autumn. We still have white cosmos and delicate pink Japanese Anemone in bloom. However the colour of these flowers just didn’t go with the analogous colour scheme I wanted to create.  (Hopefully they will hang on a few more days and I can use them next month!)

`Autumn – as if nature has been saving up all year for the grande finale’

Lauren de Stefano

Autumn Hues


I love the rich colours of Autumn –  deep red rosy apples and berries, vibrant orange pumpkins and squashes and not forgetting sunny yellow sunflowers. I had fun making this September Posy. The Daisy Chain Purse Vase is an Anita Harris design and was a wonderful wedding gift. I love it’s rich deep red lustre with the gold embellished daisies. It is the perfect vase for deep reds and bright golden flowers. The daisy design reminds me of the Helenium and Rudbeckia growing in the garden.

Autumn Hues


Mr Smiles is rather fond on my Boom Boom dahlias. He said they have a texture like deep, luxurious red velvet. Quite poetic! Apart from romantic roses dahlias are one of my favourite flowers. If regularly dead-headed and picked to bring indoors dahlias bloom right from the height of Summer to the first frosts. I am still picking mine!

Boom Boom



Boom BoomIndian SummerIndian Summer

Indian Summer Dahlia with her brilliant red, large spiky flowers has become one of my favourite dahlia blooms. She really does add a splash of brightness amongst the smaller more muted coloured September blooms.

Peaches & Cream Dahlia

My peach dahlia has continued to delight and is extremely prolific! Mambo Dahlia seems to be a late finisher. She hasn’t bloomed all Summer and is now just getting going!


September’s Blooms

Autumn Garden

The stars of the show this September have been the daisy-like flowerheads –  Helenium, Rudbeckia and Echinacea. I have also introduced some grasses to provide some structure and texture.

September’s Blooms 

Physalis   (Chinese Lantern)

Chinese Lanterns

Chinese Lanterns

From July Physalis develops clusters of small white flowers which are set off perfectly by the bright green foliage. As September comes around the flowers develop into paper thin Chinese Lanterns, which are a warming orange-red colour.  I have read that this plant can spread wildly and can take over. However I love the bright, cheery lanterns so hopefully I will not mind a bit of cheer spreading around the garden.


Helenium - The Bishop

Heleniums are members of the Aster family (Asteraceae). The species from which the garden forms of Helenium are derived grow in the wild in North America. The genus contains about 40 species of annuals and perennials. Wild heleniums are found growing in a wide variety of conditions but very often in moist or even wet habitats. The garden forms also show a preference for damp conditions but will tolerate any soils except very dry ones. They also look fabulous when planted with grasses.

I have found a wonderful Website which is dedicated to Heleniums – 

  `What on earth is wrong with brassy yellows? Or bright scarlet? Or rich crimson? Plants are living, vibrant organisms – let’s use them to good effect and inject a bit of life and robust colour into some of these terribly contrived, dreary and lifeless planting schemes. Pastel colours might look acceptable in a funeral parlour . . . but in a living garden? Nature has no problem with pink ragged robin growing with golden yellow buttercups. Strong colours together can work wonderfully.’

Autumn Colours

Helenium – The Bishop 

Clear, golden yellow blooms with a brown eye.

Helenium - The Bishop Helenium – Mardi Gras

Yellow petals, lavishly splashed with orange and red form stiff skirts around deep brown mounded centre cones.

Helenium - Mardi Gras

Helenium – Moerheim Beauty

The rich laid back copper coloured petals fade to ochre-brown. The reverse is an even darker red.

Helenium Moerheim Beauty

Rudbeckia sullivanti `Goldsturm’

Rudbeckia GoldsturmRudbeckia Goldsturm

This herbaceous perennial also known as `Black Eyed Susan’ has a long display of deep yellow, dark-centred flowers in late Summer. It is good for cutting as it produces masses of long lived blooms. I admired the Rudbeckia on a recent visit to Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens. They were planted in drifts with grasses and purple Verbena bonariensis.

Abbotsbury Rudbeckia


Echinacea is another group of  herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family, Asteraceae. The nine species it contains are commonly called coneflowers. They are endemic to eastern and central North America, where they are found growing in moist to dry prairies and open wooded areas. They have large, showy heads of composite flowers,  blooming from early to late summer. The generic name is derived from the Greek word  ἐχῖνος (echino), meaning `sea urchin’ due to the spiny central disc.

Echinacea  – Mood Shiny

Creamy white petals with brown cone-like centres.

Echinacea Mood Shiny

Echinacea – White Meditation 

White flowers with golden brown centres

Echinacea White Meditation

Echinacea – Little Magnus

Large, deep pink daisies with a central brown cone are produced on strong stems through late summer and early autumn. They are sweetly scented and attractive to bees, butterflies and other insects. The seed heads are attractive through winter and provide food for birds. This particular variety is compact and lower growing than my others so looks attractive near the front of the border.

Echinacea - Little Magnus

Echinacea – Awake

Echinacea Awake

Pennisetum alopecuroides `Hamelyn’ 

Amongst the flowers I have planted a couple of grasses. `Hamelyn’  is an elegant, feathertop grass. It is very decorative and is beautiful as it sways in the breeze amongst the colour of the daisy-like flowers.

Pennisetum alopecuroides `Hameln'

Autumn Garden

Honeysuckle berries

My honeysuckle has wonderful red berries. Bullfinches, warblers and thrushes are known to eat the berries, so I must keep an eye out for them.

Here we have September’s Mosaic full of rich, warm Autumn Colours from my September Garden.

September Mosaic

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