Hello again! We are Ross & Ian – The Fixer Upper’s, known on Instagram for our house and garden renovations. We are currently embarking on our second renovation of a Victorian House and Garden in Hampshire and working with Hillier to bring our garden ideas to life!

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August is a great time to evaluate your borders to see where you may have space for some late flowering plants. We have created our list for this month based on plants that will offer ongoing colour well into the autumn months.

We have also paired some plants together to offer the perfect contrast in case you’re stuck for ideas. Remember to keep deadheading your plants such as Dahlias and summer annuals like Cosmos to encourage more blooms late into the season.

Founded in 1864 by plantsman Edwin Hillier, the company remains family-run with the fifth generation now actively involved in the family business, looking to inspire the creation of green living spaces for now and the future. Through the Hillier plant nursery situated in Hampshire, over one million plants are grown each year!

Over the years, Hillier has been, and continues today, to be responsible for numerous plant introductions, many of which have become essentials in British gardens. Along with the tradition of innovation through plant introductions, Hillier is also the most successful exhibitor in the history of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, having been awarded 74 consecutive gold medals.


Aster Autumn Jewels ‘Purple Diamond’

Aster is another late summer flowering plant that will add colour through to the autumn.

This herbaceous perennial displays wonderfully bright flowers in vivid purple from late summer until autumn, and with a pop of yellow colouring in the centre, they really catch the eye.

Hillier plant care advice

Height x SpreadPruningSoilSunWater
0.5m x 0.5mReduce to ground level in late autumnMoist, well-drainedFull sun/partial shadeWater regularly until well-established and through warm, dry periods

Visit your local Hillier Garden Centre to purchase


Dahlia

Dahlias will flower until the first frost so still many months of blooms to enjoy. Just remember to keep dead heading them for more flowers!

Dahlia ‘Mystic Dreamer’

Dahlia ‘Mystic Dreamer’ features an unusual and attractive flower with striped petals of various pinks and will bloom throughout the summer and autumn.

Hillier plant care advice

Height x SpreadPruningSoilSunWater
0.5m x 0.5mDeadhead to promote further flowering. Reduce to ground level in late autumn. Lift and store during winter.Moist, well-drainedFull sun Water regularly until well-established and through warm, dry periods

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Dahlia ‘Mystic Fantasy’

The interesting yellow-pink colouration of Dahlia ‘Mystic Fantasy’ provides a delicate and soft touch within an autumn garden and will provide a brilliant focal point from early July all the way through until the end of November.

Hillier plant care advice

Height x SpreadPruningSoilSunWater
0.7m x 0.6mDeadhead to promote further flowering. Reduce to ground level in late autumn. Lift and store during winter.Any good, well-drained soil.Full sunWater regularly until well-established and through warm, dry periods

Shop Dahlia ‘Mystic Fantasy’ online or Visit your local Hillier Garden Centre


Hebe

We love a Hebe! So many to choose from so you are spoilt for choice. Hebes will give you all year-round interest so a great investment. Here are three of our favourites.

Hebe hybrida ‘Katrina’

Hebe hybrida ‘Katrina’ is a fantastic choice for an August garden with its bright collection of purple flowers and ovate, green leaves with a yellow margin. They will continue to supply a pop of colour late into the summer.

Hillier plant care advice

Height x SpreadPruningSoilSunWater
1m x 1mPrune lightly in mid-late springAny good, well-drained soilFull sun/partial shadeWater regularly until well-established and through warm, dry periods

Visit your local Hillier Garden Centre to purchase


Hebe hybrida ‘Tricolor’

The leaves of Hebe hybrida ‘Tricolor’ are really fascinating as they move from pink when young to a grey-green with cream-white borders and solid dark green veins. Similarly, to Hebe hybrida Katrina, Hebe hybrida ‘Tricolor’ can also add a purple flower splash to your garden.

Hillier plant care advice

Height x SpreadPruningSoilSunWater
1.5m x 1.5mPrune lightly in mid-late springMoist but well-drained soilFull sun/ partial shadeWater regularly until well-established and through warm, dry periods

Visit your local Hillier Garden Centre to purchase


Hebe hybrida ‘White Princess’

This compact form of Hebe features narrow leaves in green and a stunning white flower from July to September. This is a wonderful contrast in colour when situated next to Hebe hybrida ‘Katrina’ and Hebe hybrida ‘Tricolor’.

Hillier plant care advice

Height x SpreadPruningSoilSunWater
0.75m x 0.75mPrune lightly in mid-late springMoist, well-drained soilFull sun to partial shadeWater regularly until well-established and through warm, dry periods

Visit your local Hillier Garden Centre to purchase


Hibiscus syriacus ‘Lavender Chiffon’

A late flowering shrub that can grow up to 2 metres high so one for the back of a border. The colour of this variety is stunning!

Hibiscus syriacus Lavender Chiffon is a wonderful backdrop for other plants with its deep green leaves and subtle, delicate lilac-pink flowers throughout August.

Hillier plant care advice

Height x SpreadPruningSoilSunWater
2.5m x 1.5mLightly prune in late winter or early springMoist, well-drained soilFull sunWater regularly until well-established and through warm, dry periods

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Kniphofia ‘Poco Citron’

Looking for a showstopper for late summer? Look no further than Kniphofia ‘Poco Citron’! Prefers full sun to maximise flowering. Plant it next to Salvia ‘Blue Note’ for it to really stand out.

These fascinating, poker-shaped shrubs feature vibrant yellow flower spires during the summer and really help to draw the eye upwards, meaning added attraction and a fantastic focal point.

Hillier plant care advice

Height x SpreadPruningSoilSunWater
1m x 0.5mRemove old stems after floweringAny good, well-drained, sandFull sunWater regularly until well-established and through warm, dry periods

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Salvia ‘Blue Note’

Looking for a showstopper for late summer? Look no further than Salvia ‘Blue Note’! Prefers full sun to maximise flowering. Plant it next to Kniphofia Poco Citron for it to really stand out.

This aromatic plant with deep green, ovate leaves and intriguing royal blue flowers really adds a splash of summer colour into an august garden.

Hillier plant care advice

Height x SpreadPruningSoilSunWater
0.5m x 0.5mDeadhead to promote further flowering. Prune lightly in mid-late springAny good, well-drained soil.Full sunWater regularly until well-established and through warm, dry periods

Shop Salvia ‘Blue Note’ online or Visit your local Hillier Garden Centre


Lychnis ‘Hill Grounds’

A stunning perennial favourite that can self-seed around the garden. The pink flowers compliment the clump forming foliage perfectly.

The bright cerise-pink flowers give a late summer garden a dramatic and impactful pop of colour, and the silver, slender stems add to its desirability.

Hillier plant care advice

Height x SpreadPruningSoilSunWater
1m x 0.5mDeadhead to promote further floweringAny good, well-drained soilFull sun/ partial shadeWater regularly until well-established and through warm, dry periods

Shop Lynchnis ‘Hill Grounds’ online or Visit your local Hillier Garden Centre


Grass

Two must have grasses for your garden borders. Adding grasses add movement and texture to a border. Also offer autumn interest to your garden.

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’

Working brilliantly as a backdrop for other shrubs and heightening the sound sense of wind rustling through the grass, Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’ displays very narrow leaves with white and pink flowerheads in the autumn.

Hillier plant care advice

Height x SpreadPruningSoilSunWater
1.5m x 1mRemove any dead foliage during springAny good, well-drained soilFull sun Water regularly until well-established and through warm, dry periods

Visit your local Hillier Garden Centre to purchase


Pennisetum setaceum ‘Fireworks’

Pennisetum setaceum ‘Fireworks’, with its stunning burgundy-red foliage in spring and flowers in the same tones in summer and autumn, really brings to life the month’s balmy evenings.

Hillier plant care advice

Height x SpreadPruningSoilSunWater
1.5m x 1m Reduce the previous season’s foliage in the springWell drained, sandFull sunWater regularly until well-established and through warm, dry periods

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Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Blue Spire’

Veronica longifolia ‘First Glory’

A fragrant sage plant that has upright blue/lilac flowers. Plant alongside Phlox paniculata Famous Pink for a wonderful contrast.

Delicate violet flowers adorn white stems with grey, aromatic leaves throughout August on Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Blue Spire’. It works well in borders and beds as well as gravel or Mediterranean gardens.

Hillier plant care advice

Height x SpreadPruningSoilSunWater
1.5m x 1cm Prune annually each springWell-drained soilFull sunWater regularly until well-established and through warm, dry periods

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Phlox paniculata Famous Pink

Veronica longifolia ‘First Love’

A fragrant sage plant that has upright pink flowers. Plant alongside Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spire for a wonderful contrast.

Featuring fragrant conical shaped flowers in lovely pink colouration, Phlox paniculata Famous Pink also features dark green foliage of modest leaves.

Height x SpreadPruningSoilSunWater
1m x 1m Deadhead to promote further flowering. Reduce to ground level in late autumnMoist, well-drained soilPartial shade/ Full sunWater regularly until well-established and through warm, dry periods

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Phlox paniculata ‘Fashionably Early Flamingo’

Another garden perennial favourite of ours are Phlox.

Phlox paniculata ‘Fashionably Early Flamingo’ is a great addition to the back of a border and blooms stunning lavender-pink flowers during August to really enhance colour in the garden.

Height x SpreadPruningSoilSunWater
0.9m x 0.9mDeadhead to promote further floweringMoist, well-drainedFull sun/partial shadeWater regularly until well-established and through warm, dry periods

Shop Phlox paniculata ‘Fashionably Early Flamingo’ online or Visit your local Hillier Garden Centre


Symphoricarpos Magical Candy

A usual shrub with beautiful pink berries on it. We purchased this last year from Hillier and it performed so well. Also, available in white called Symphoricarpos Magical Galaxy.

With a mass of subtle pink flowers in summer and the added bonus of pink berries in the autumn, Symphoricarpos Magical Candy will really thrive in an August outdoor space.

Height x SpreadPruningSoilSunWater
0.8m x 0.8mLightly prune when requiredMoist, well-drainedFull sun/partial shadeWater regularly until well-established and through warm, dry periods

Buy Symphoricarpos ‘Magical Candy’ Online or Visit your local Hillier Garden Centre


Symphoricarpos Magical Galaxy

A unusual shrub with beautiful white berries on it. We purchased this last year from Hillier and it performed so well. Also, available in pink called Symphoricarpos Magical Galaxy.

With blooms of bold white flowers in summer and the added bonus of white berries in the autumn, Symphoricarpos Magical Galaxy will really thrive in an August outdoor space.

Height x SpreadPruningSoilSunWater
1.5m x 1mPrune lightly only when requiredMoist, well-drainedFull sun/partial shadeWater regularly until well-established and through warm, dry periods

Buy Symphoricarpos Magical Galaxy Online or Visit your local Hillier Garden Centre


About Ross & Ian

Ross and Ian met in June 2014 and purchased their first property together in August 2016, a 1930’s semi-detached house in Berkshire which was in need of being ‘fixed up’. The house has been rented out for 19 years so was in need of some serious TLC, a lot of the original features were moved (including fireplaces and internal doors) which meant the house had lost its charm and character and this was something Ross and Ian wanted to add back to the house.

So with an exciting renovation challenge ahead, Ross and Ian decided to document their journey through Instagram as a way of looking back on all the things they would go on to achieve as well as share updates with friends and family, and so, ‘Our 1930s Fixer Upper’ was created.

Fast forward to 2022 and now with an audience of over 100,000 followers, Ross and Ian have sold their 1930s home and have moved into a new Victorian ‘fixer upper’, that is once again in desperate need of being brought back to its former glory.


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