From mid-summer, the Asia Garden erupts into colour. Thalictrum delavayi I(mainly the white form ‘Alba’, but with some purple thrown in as well) comes into flower along the whole lower length of the garden: the frothy mass of flower has the appearance of a crashing wave spilling over at the edge of the path. I chose Hosta ‘Tall Boy’ purely for its exceptionally tall lilac flower spikes over a long period, and not as a foliage plant. Persicaria amplexicaule is now in full flower and will continue for several months.
But what becomes really apparent now is the very strong formal structure of the garden created by the big linear blocks of the grass, Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’. As the flowers ripen from now onwards, they become an increasingly dominant presence in the garden.
Above: Thalictrum delavayi with Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’
Below: the ripened seed heads of Allium ‘Everest’ above a carpet of Hackenochloa macra and foliage of Japanese Anemones
Below is a gallery of photographs from the Asia Garden in mid-late summer. click on an image to enlarge or stop the slideshow