It’s been a wet and windy week so work has stopped on the new gravelled area, though turf has been removed. And I have been considering a few more changes.
Towards the back of the garden in the raised beds area there is a lot of yellow and purple, which made me look around my garden to see what colours dominate at this time of the year.
(1) Hebe / shrubby veronica grows like a weed around here! I have several clumps in the garden, most from cuttings, including this one near the raised herb bed which is now too big for its boots! After flowering has finished I will cut it right back or possibly remove it altogether. Though it does look nice right now.
(2) Origanum majorana ‘Aureum’ or Golden Marjoram – as usual this plant sprawls all over the herb bed during the summer months, despite my pulling out clumps of it each year. Perhaps this would be better in a container! When spikes of tiny, tubular light pink flowers appear in mid-summer the bees love it and it really does have the most wonderful floral/woody scent when you pick the leaves.
(3) Clematis ‘Night Veil’ is a viticella type of clematis meaning it is hardy coping with temperatures into the 30’s during summer and as low as -15 in the winter. The slightly reddish-purple blooms have a hint of white at the base of each sepal and almost black anthers. It will bloom from around the middle of June right through to the end of September. This is a new clematis so I am pleased to see it flowering so well in its first year even though it has climbed horizontally instead of upwards!
(4) Leycesteria ‘Golden Lanterns’ / Himalayan honeysuckle has golden yellow leaves, which emerge in spring with a bronze-orange flush, and then, throughout the summer and into early autumn, pendulous racemes of white flowers with burgundy bracts are followed by red-purple berries.
(5) Euphorbia oblongata / Eggleaf spurge was planted in the second raised bed and took a while to settle in. It is a short-lived perennial, but I’m not sure what that actually means as this is into its 4th year. A lovely acid green it makes a nice backdrop to the blue flowers in this bed. My other euphorbia is Euphorbia x martinii which normally I cut back after flowering in early spring, but this year I noticed the bracts turning a rather lovely red so I have left them for now.
(6) Geranium phaeum ‘Lily Lovell’ (Dusky Cranesbill) is a new addition to the garden and has been planted in the dappled shade bed. She is an exceptionally beautiful geranium with slightly reflexed, dusky purple flowers with a white heart. I really hope she enjoys her location and forms a decent clump in years to come.
Casting a critical eye over the garden in its 5th season I have reached the conclusion that less is more and I need to begin to cull a lot of things, mainly to give plants some space to grow properly. Like many gardeners I hate to see bare earth, but come this September I shall be removing/dividing/composting a few plants that have possibly outgrown their location. I think a kind of horticultural decluttering is required!
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