The weather may have improved, but this August we have no flowering yucca and no butterflies in New Lanark Roof Garden! However, the lavender has braved the rain and the lovely bell-shaped flowers of penstemons add a touch of crimson. Meadowsweet, which also grows wild in watery meadows, has tall scented heads of fluffy white flowers, and the flowerheads of santolina shine out like yellow buttons. All these plants are attractive to the bees and hoverflies that appear whenever the weather is fine. The swallows are still around. Down below in the mill lade, small yellow monkey flowers are growing wild along with water mint and marsh forget-me-nots. The water-loving plants have had a great summer!
In flower this month – Lavender, penstemon ‘Amelia Jane’, meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria), lavender cotton (Santolina chamaecyparissus), Philadelphus coronarius ‘Aureus’, clematis, Himalayan honeysuckle and various grasses.