Since ridding my garden with most of the time wasters earlier this year, I find that I can truly appreciate how good a plant looks when it's thriving. I am so glad that I got brutal! I no longer feel the need to move things around to see if it will cope in another spot. I don't consider myself experienced enough to offer much advice but if there was one piece of advice I would give any new gardener it would be - Plant for the situation. Choose plants suitable for your environment. A struggling plant isn't a pleasure! Take it from me, I've learnt the hard way. If there is one piece of advice you could give a new gardener, what would it be?
Let's take a closer look at what's doing well in my garden this weekend. The first 3 are flowering for a second time this year, having benefited from a general tidy up after their first blooms they have rewarded my with another flush of flowers.
|Geranium endressii Wargrave's Pink|
|Geum Dingle Apricot|
|Nepeta Six Hills Giant|
The long border, which I am now calling 'The Bee Garden'' is positively swarming with bees, hoverflies and butterflies. I don't really have a scheme or theme going on in this border except for the fact that most of the plants have been chosen to attract beneficial insects. There are lots of plants crammed in here, I consider my garden a bit too small to plant in drifts and I do like the 'shoehorned' effect! I seem to be developing an aversion to seeing bare soil.
We've got Veronicastrum, Monarda, Daylilies and lots more - join me for a closer look
|Veronicastrum viginicum Roseum, Monarda Croftway Pink, Cirsium surrounding|
Phsocarpus Lady in Red (Coppertina for those in the states)
|Monarda Prairie Night and white tailed bumblebee|
|Potentilla nepalensis Ron Mcbeath - bumblebee and hoverfly|
|Clematis Peppermint - not so prolific as it has been in previous years|
have read in numerous places that this self seeds readily, alas - not here!
|Geraniu x antipodeum Chocolate Candy|
|Geranium x antipodeum Pink Spice|
|Hemerocallis Crimson Pirate|
|Hemerocallis Pink Damask|
|Scabiosa Beaujolais Bonnets|
a must for any wildlife garden
|Allium schaerocephalon another must for any|
|Phlox paniculata Violet Flame|
a shorter growing Phlox that flowers earlier than others here in my garden
|Erigeron - flowering all summer|
|Buddleja davidii Empire Blue|
|Buddleja, hoverfly(?) and peacock butterfly|
This buddleja has now outgrown it's spot in my garden, I knew it would and have only ever considered it to be a temporary resident until the surrounding shrubs mature enough to fill the gap. I really need to reconsider and find it another home elsewhere!
|Escallonia Iveyi (AGM)|
|Cornus alternifolia Argentea (AGM) and Dianthus Valda Wyatt|
Dianthus Valda Wyatt grows comfortably at the base of my favourite shrub. A Silver pagoda dogwood. Still very small but will someday make a beautiful statement in my garden.
|Nepeta Blue Danube|
As we move up to the top end of the garden, it's hard to believe that this border was almost devoid of any plants this time last year. Lots were lost due to flooding. Planting out with moisture loving plants last August/September - I expected a lot of them to toil with the lack of rain this year but thankfully, they seem to be coping. The white Astilbe Deutschland, doesn't really fit in and will find a new home elsewhere in autumn.
A new honeysuckle (Lonicera Fragrant Cloud) has been added this year. I used some large stone to raise the soil level in this corner, I'm hoping that should sort out any flooding, should it reoccur.
Across the way, continuing the hot colour scheme but minus the orange and yellow crocosmia I tore out last year, a mature clump of Persicaria and Helenium need a yellow companion but I know not what yet!!
|Hot bed and sun lovers growing in containers on the deck steps|
I've chose a purple Clematis to scramble up the rose that grows against the shed. It's still small but I like how it looks against the orange.
|Persicaria and Helenium|
|Persicaria amplexicaulis J S Caliente|
|Helenium Moerheim Beauty|
|Sedum telephium Purple Emperor (AGM) and bumblebee|
|Lavendula angustifolia Hidcote (AGM)|
|Eryngium bourgatii Graham Stuart Thomas|
|Agapanthus (African Lily)|
|5 Agapanthus flowers|
|Leucanthemum Victorian Secret and Small Tortioseshell Butterfly|
Down by the pond foliage provides most of the colour at the moment. The Hostas have struggled at bit this year
|Cotinus Dusky Maiden, Stachys Wisley White and Alchemilla erythropoda flowering|
|Hosta Devon Green and Bog Pimpernel in the pond|
|Astilbe Red Sentinel|
|Veronica spicata Heidekind|
|Thalictrum actaefolium Perfume Star|