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Our gardens are flowering in their full glory during July and August with all four competeing with each other to grab your favour and attention.

Take a stroll down a the energetic and lively Hornbeam Walk with its vibrant Hot Bank adorning the foot of the pathway. Throughout the season our Traditional Perennial Border provides a classical take on the art of border planting.From the end of July our Dahlia garden erupts into a sea of colour as all our gardens strike their full potential.
Aston Pottery Hornbeam Walk in Summer
Looking down the walkway at the end of July

Hornbeam Walk

Upon entry to Aston Pottery, the first garden you will encounter is the Hornbeam walk. Moving on from spring, much has changed, with many of the flowers reaching their peaks during this season.

The Delphiniums set along the outside of the border having doubled in size open their eye-catching blue flowers. The border becomes an assault on the senses as the aromatic Monarda bears it's first flowers and the foxtail lillys become alive with bees and butterflies.

Aston Pottery Hot Bank in Summer
The Hot Bank during mid-July

Hot Bank

At the end of the Hornbeam Walkway you enter the Summer House and have the option to the left or the right along the base of the Hot Bank.

Planted in 2012, this bank was created on top of an old soil heap that was completely weed and stone ridden. 380 tonnes of top soil, 80 tonnes of lime free grit sand and 160 tonnes of mushroom compost has produced a fabulous tilth in which to grow the plants you can see on display here.The bank is 42m by 14m deep standing 2.5m high framed on both sides by a purple beech hedge.

Our Hot Bank is designed to flower from July until the end of October and is an abundance of red, yellow and orange plants flowing in swathes along the course of the bed.

Set off against a backdrop of purple beech hedging and Helianthus ‘lemon queen’ a sea of hot colour tumble down the bank towards you. Over 50 different varieties of plant combine to produce a vibrant palette of colour, with a strong accent of species from the Americas, ranging from Southern American species such as Canna Lilies and Dahlias from Guatamala, Salvias from Mexico, Alstroemeria from Peru and the long-lasting Lobelia Tupa from Chile – a plant which reaches over 10 feet tall with arching stems carrying bright red flowers which presents throughout the Summer and is a great favourite. Northern American constituents to the Hot Bank include Rudbeckias, Echinacea, Penstemon and Agastache which from not only a visual treat but a bonanza for the resident insects.
Flowering begins late May with Alstroemeria, Kniphofia, Salvia, Papaver and Foxtail Lilies and continues well in to November, frosts permitting.

The Annual Border

This is the most recent of all the borders being created in 2015 to satisfy our craving for beautiful annuals which could not be fitted anywhere else in the garden. The Annual border is 80m long by 7m deep and is planted up to June with over 5500 plug plants which are started growing on site at Aston Pottery from mid-April onwards. The backdrop to the border is created using 25 different varieties of sunflower in front of which are planted over 140 different annuals, including Cleomes, Tithonia, Amaranthus, Chrysanthemums, Asters, Nicotiana, Cosmos, Zinnias, Calendula, Tagetes, Salvias, Diascia, Heliotropium, Rudbeckia, Ageratum, Antirrhinum and many more.
Planting starts in the second week of June where a team of 3 plant out in excess of 5000 plugs in under a week. We are always happy to see those dropping by whilst we are at work, following the planting of the Annual Border one always marvels at the growth and change the occurs over the following 6 weeks as the encumbants reach their maturity.

The Dahlia Garden

Traveling back down the Hornbeam Walk you encounter the path that takes you into the Dahlia Garden.

This Garden is new for 2013 and features a path with a stunning border either side to create a garden 26 meters long by 12 meters wide.

With the border either side of the path 5 meters deep, our Dahlia Garden is divided into a network of Dahlias and grasses, framed by a series of Agapanthuses. At this time of the year the plants are the star attraction with 112 varieties of Dahlia in four distinct styles and a multitude of colours.

Aston Pottery Dahlia Garden in Summer
The Dahlia Garden at end of July
The planting arrangement of flowers and grasses create a series of colourful flower-filled rooms running down the garden from top to bottom. Each individual room is planted with 4 varieties Dahila of the same form, whether it be cactus, ball, collarette and decorative.

Each room within the garden aims to create a focal point for each of our four selected Dahlia forms. Maintaining a consistent form, these ‘Dahlia rooms’ pick out the individual nuances of each plant, whether it be the strong vibrant reds of the ‘perfectos - cactus’ or the contrasting tones so apparent in collarettes such as ‘mary evelyn’.

Planted at intervals around the perimeter and along the path, the bell-shaped flowers of 6 varieties of Agapanthus - each with their own definite blue, hem the planting structure to complete the garden's form.

Aston Pottery Traditional Perennial Border in Summer
Traditional Perennial Border in July

Traditional Perennial Border

Leaving the Dahlia Border, you enter the gardern by the country cafe and are hit by a huge 'broadside' of color 'fired' by over 50 different perennials competing for you attention. This is a fabulous border to view whilst having tea and cake in the country café.

This was the first of our four main borders to be created in 2011, and was intended to be a very traditional Perennial Border measuring 6m deep and 42 meters long. It is planted to flower from late May until mid Novermber.

Early summer will see Coreopsis 'grandiflora' flowering along with, amongst others, Salvia 'Hot Lips', a host of Penstemons and the Sedums 'Spectabile', and 'iceburg'. By the time July arrives at the pottery, the Traditional Perennial Border will be full of life with all 50 varieties of plant in full bloom.

Following in the traditional approach to border planting, our perennial border is structured in a classic step-down form in 4 layers, ranging from towering Inula ‘racemosa’ all the way down to the delicate Daylilies.

Contrasts of colour and texture are central the design of our Traditional Perennial Border. Bright and vibrant flowers with a multitude of different foliage mix amongst one another as they flow across the border.

Although the unyielding patchwork of colour is what draws people in, this border aims to impress not only on a visual level. The likes of Plox ‘eva cullum’, as well as contributing to the dense tiers of colour on show, provide an aromatic depth to the experience of our border. Bees and hoverflies alike are also drawn into the planting by Helleniums, Sedums and Erummerous ‘fox-trot’ (fox-tail lilies).

Aston Pottery Heleniums and Daylilies
Heleniums and Daylilies
Aston Pottery Cleomes and Monarda
Cleomes and Monarda
Aston Pottery Kniphofia and Penstemon
Kniphofia and Penstemon
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