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September Flowering

Nature provides most people’s first memory of colour, be it a spectacular sunset or a day spent in an apple orchard, or running through a field of daisies like Alexia Niedzielski tells us in her Zigzag Questionnaire. Rosita Missoni knows better than to ignore nature when looking for inspiration: her lovely garden in the Missoni Sumirago home is left free to bloom and grow and follow its natural cycle, making it easier for new plants to suddenly spring from the earth, each with its own peculiar palette.


“September is also the season of smells” says Rosita herself. Just as nature prepares for its winter beauty sleep, its odour palette finds one last kick in Olea Fragrans trees, which fill the air with the lovely, nostalgic aroma of their tiny flowers, hidden aways among their leaves.
The picture you see above is no stock photo: these lovely flowers are straight from Rosita Missoni‘s ever-changing garden. Tiny blue flowers that spring suddenly from their stem, plants that look like intricate lace, fluffy plants, edible plants, white berries that feed the animals during long winter days, zigzagging leaves, seeds and blooms that inevitably call to mind Missoni’s intricate knitted patterns: all is found in the peculiar way light reflects on plants and trees and grass alike.


American Pokeweed (Phytolacca)
Fleshy berries ranging in colour from green to black, with deep pink branches.
Spontaneous and wild; medicinal properties; edible.


Snowberry (Symphoricarpos Albus)
Clusters of soft white berries.
Ornamental plant; fundamental food source for numerous animals during the winter.


Lacecap Hydrangea 3
Clusters of tiny lacy flowers in the centre, with larger star-shaped blossoms along the sides.
The colour depends on the type of soil: pinkish lilac or light blue.


Anemone Tometosa (Japanese Windflower)
Perennial and vivacious herbaceous plant.
Composed of low dense bushes that develop erect stems that bear numerous flowers with a yellow centre and petals in all shades of pale and deep pink.


Viburnum Tinus
Rustic plant with a soft and spreading habit.
The flowers, resembling ivory lace, develop into purplish-blue berries.


Lilyturf (Liriope Muscari)


Herbaceous Clematis
Rustic climbing perennial.
The multi-coloured flowers produce feathery fruits that resemble dandelions.


Autumn Joy (Sedum Spectabile)
Small fleshy and succulent evergreen perennial.
Star-shaped pink flowers that provide ideal nourishment to butterflies and small insects.


Aster (chrysanthemum)


Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea Paniculata)
Large pyramidal clusters ranging from creamy white to purplish pink.


Beth Larsen