Once the crickets start chirping away in earnest, there is a fair chance that hot dry conditions have finished off a lot of the flowers in the garden, and by September things are looking a bit fazed. The colour and texture of foliage helps – a cool green fern say, or golden grasses swaying in the wind – but splash of colour can be in short supply.
There are those perennials that we call on: Rudbeckias, Echinacea, late-flowering Crocosmia, and so on, but they can seem a bit vivid to those of timid colour choice. I suggest that after a year of careful co-ordination and scheming, it is the time of year to throw caution to the wind and plant that floozy crimson thingy-whats-it next to the fiery spikey thing, and let down the proverbial hair.
If getting new plants, buying them in flower should dispel any doubt about where to place it, since choosing an ideal focal point where it’s brazen cheek can be appreciated will take some trial and error before the planting.