The brilliant colors and bold contrasts of this perennial planting are perfect for brightening up your late summer and fall garden. Although the planting does include many spring-flowering bulbs, it is geared to giving a great floral display from midsummer to fall, and includes late-flowering species.

Amongst them are the chocolate Dahlia 'Karma Choc', the coppery orange Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty' (Sneezeweed), and the lavender-blue blooms of Aster 'Little Carlow' which is beautifully framed by the graceful plumes of Miscanthus sinensis 'Yakushima Dwarf' (Maiden Grass).

Bold contrast and interest are richly supplied by the bright red flower spikes and bronze foliage of Ricinus communis 'Carmencita' (Castor Oil Plant) as well as by the purple-leaved Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’ (Ninebark)

They are all underplanted with a lush mix of coral Crocosmia 'Limpopo' (Montbretia), scarlet Salvia microphylla 'Red Velvet' (Baby Sage) and a sea of golden Calendula (Pot Marigod). The result is a real eye-catcher of a border, full of color, light and sparkles.

A great way of ending the season with a bang of color. Most plants make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home. Enjoy!