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Low growing campanula
This campanula spreads by sending out stolons. It has compact flowers far better suited for most areas than the light blue cultivar which I use for hanging over a low wall. It flowers for about a month after the Aubretia finishes in May
ceanothus
This Ceanothus has grown into a tree. Unfortunately I have had to keep its base clear to allow the window cleaner room to work. tree 
 

 

miniature chrysanthemums

The hardier chrysanthemums will survive a light frost that sees off dalias but in a year when frosts come late dalias are better value in the autumn garden, retaining their freshness far longer. Spider chrysanthemums moved into the greenhouse will provide flowers for Christmas. I am hoping a Chrysanthemum enthusiast will provide several pages in defence of their favourite flower. 
Clematis Jackmanii
 Marie Boisselot
John's clematis Tengutica
It is probably because it flowers from May until the frosts that people dismiss Clematis Jackmanii as boring but I find it beautiful. It took six years to get established but now grows really strongly.
 
Carol Borthwick says of her white clematis "It is Marie Boisselot, a common one but very reliable with large flowers and has a true white colour.
 
John, in Southern Ireland, grows his clematis tangutica to hide his rather unsightly oil tank. It too flowers profusely.
 
This commercial page from New Zealand seems to offer excellent advice on growing clematis
courgette
Courgettes are a prolific vegetable if kept picked. Mulching is useful if you don't want to keep watering. Left to grow on courgettes turn into marrows which will store well for winter. I put marrows through the blender to thicken soups without adding too many calories.
Crocosmi -Lady Oxford?
I have a very bright orange crocosmia the flowers of which are about five foot tall. It spreads like mad and is really hard to dig up. It resembles a giant montrbretia but my August garden would be a dull place without it. I am not sure of its name but from descriptions in books it could be Lady Oxford
I also grow Lucifer a red crocosmia about three foot tall which flowers a little later and does not last as long.
I still have a few clumps of montbretia I have not yet managed to eradicate
Although I prefer the smaller species crocus in the garden, the large varieties mostly derived from Crocus aureus are easier to grow and the birds are not so fond of them. They photograph well too. Some crocuses flower in autumn instead of spring
Q. How do you tell an autumn crocus from a colchicum without digging it up?
A.Crocuses have only 3 stamens, Colchicums have 6