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Verbena and Cosmos. Verbena bonariensis, flowering season August-October. Likes the sun.

Achmelvich Beach, Highlands: Leave your passport at home. This might look like a Mediterranean sun-trap, but it’s actually Achmelvich Beach in the Highlands of Scotland.

A lovely white-flowered variety of this easily-grown campanula which covers its low mounds of foliage with upward-facing white bells for weeks in summer. It is useful for rockeries and alpine troughs and is robust enough to plant at the front of a border where it will bring pockets of freshness to the most sizzling summer day.

Verbena bonariensis. Herbaceous perennial. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. Flowers in summer and autumn.

from Country Living Magazine UK

20 flowers and plants for the perfect autumn garden

These flower and plant varieties will keep your garden full of life and colour throughout autumn. From caryopteris to Chinese lanterns, they'll bring the colours and textures of autumn to your doorstep.

Blanket Flower, Gaillardia. Hardy, sun-loving and easy to keep perennial. No pruning or fussing, or no serious pests or diseases.

from Sarah Raven

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis with the foliage of Euphorbia characias

Colorful Cottage Garden Plan; Traditional cottage gardens often use a picket fence as a backdrop, but you can also use a wall or evergreen hedge. The idea is to create a backdrop to highlight the lovely flowers. The bed measures approximately 8'x4' and should be placed in full sun.