PLANT a sunny, sheltered border with a butterfly banquet of scented and nectar-rich shrubs, such as buddleja, hebe, lavender and honeysuckle and fill the gaps with perennials, such as cone flowers
, yarrow, asters, pinks and statice interspersed with a sprinkling of nightscented stock seeds to provide a sweet summer snack for moths.
The garden gods responded with cooler weather and two days of misty rain, a hydrating boon to the newly transplanted grasses, day lilies, cone flowers
, hostas and other plants.
There are three major species of cone flowers
, from which echinacea is produced.
Better still, pick one of the rudbeckias, or cone flowers
, also known as Black-eyed Susan.
Weave a haphazard mixture of your favourite cottage garden perennials like bergamot, cone flowers
and red hot pokers in among a river of swaying grasses.
Fading border perennials such as achilleas, sunflowers, poppies, cone flowers
and acanthus intact will provide a magical display of skeletal flower heads and seed pods that look stunning when covered in frost or snow.
No late summer border is complete without the cone flowers
, or rudbekias, with their deliciously bright, daisy-like blooms.
And now is a good time to sow summer-flowering perennials like aquilegia, cone flowers
Plants such as the sedums, cone flowers
, Echinops and pot marigolds are firm favourites, the latter being a real draw for red admirals.