My garden is all about flowers. I don’t care much for foliage or anything else – although I am trying to rectify this as I do also love grasses.
I love ‘cottagey’ type plants, anything romantic – which is where grasses come in, as they sway and move silently in the breeze – and I am attracted mainly to blues and purples with pinks, whites and creams; again this is something I wish to rectify as I ought to broaden my palette into yellows.
However, I also like to plant for wildlife and try to source wildflowers but this seems to be quite difficult to do unless I buy seeds. So if a plant is attractive to insects and wildlife and happens to be yellow, orange or red then it too is welcome. Therefore the garden is never without Californian and wild red poppies because the hoverflies and bees love them.
Let’s start with Salvia, I love its spires, its blooms and the fact insects also love it. It repeat blooms when chopped back and often has a nice long bloom period.
So far I haven’t had much luck getting them to survive winter, but perhaps I always had less hardy types and hope that the numerous Saliva nermorosa caradonna I bought this year will survive the coming winter.
Next we have probably one of the best discoveries since I’ve been gardening; Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ or more commonly known as perennial wallflower. This beauty doesn’t quite have the form I like – the spire/spear shape due to its blooms but they are on tall stems.
Its main feature is that it blooms for months, and months, and months. And then, just to top it all off because flowering for such a long time wasn’t enough, it is also very attractive to Butterflies. Not just the odd one or two species but almost every single species that visited my garden also went to these blooms.
What more could you possibly want?!
And here is it next to Rose ‘Harlow Carr’ another new comer in 2011.
Snowdrops… Or pretty much all early spring bulbs.
I just love spring, and the bulbs. I have hundreds of spring bulbs in the garden. In almost every border, yet I don’t care for summer bulbs (although I do like Alliums which are late spring/early summer).