This summer I filled most of the gaps with permanent hardy plants rather than my usual summer exotics. The garden has got to be tough and survive a certain level of neglect now, although I will have someone coming in monthly to tidy and prune. Despite the simpler planting, it has looked good this summer and I've enjoyed watching new plants grow and settle in with the existing. The steep bank at the bottom of the garden is now well clothed, although clambering up the steep terraces to weed is a scary experience!
My attempts to add touches of red to my white and green border weren't very successful as last year's lilies didn't return, so I had to console myself with some red begonias and some red painted 'props'. I've added a red Crocosmia and next year I must try that lovely sprawly red pelargonium 'Antik' in my terracotta urn. In early summer I cut back hard one branch of my Cercis 'Forest Pansy' which has regenerated well with strong young shoots. I think I may well do the same to the other branch to bring it back down to shrub proportions.
|Note to good new growth near the base|
The gold border has been fairly successful with lots of foliage and I particularly like Aralia 'Sun King'. My two roses have established but flowering has been sparse this first year. Sadly some of my Heucheras which I have so enjoyed in the past have suffered with rust this year. I guess they too will suffer without treatment. Having said all that I'm always amazed how gardens thrive on neglect and it really emphasizes which are the good tough garden plants.
|Not bad but still can't hide that fence!|
|Aralia 'Sun King' - a herbaceous cultivar|
Well that's what I'm leaving behind. It will be interesting to see how different it will be when I return next summer. Recently, my good friend Tony gave me a large chunk of his Kniphofia 'Elvira' which I had admired. It's tucked into the front garden and I hope by the time I return next year will be settled in and maybe giving me a few flowers.
|My new acquisition with a purple heuchera and some golden grasses for company|
|Kniphofia 'Elvira' - the parent plant that caught my eye a few weeks ago|