And round their feet the "mini-sunflowers", rudbeckias.
Sadly the really small version, marigolds, have all had their flowers nibbled away - probably by birds.
The 'rescued' fuchsia, now a couple of years old, is flowering well.
Michaelmas daisies are putting in an early appearance.
So are kaffir lilies - now, according to a gardening magazine, apparently re-named from schizostylis to hesperantha.
The sweetpeas have picked up with a bit of rain and are putting on a lovely last-minute display
and the antirrhinums are still looking good
Unlike the montbretia, which is just looking exhausted!