My newest border is the Dappled Shade one which was created a couple of years ago by removing a piece of lawn to join the areas beneath my two trees. This bed gets some morning sun and then afternoon and evening sun from the other side. The bed is shaded by the Twisted/Contorted Hazel and the Kilmarnock Willow tree.
I tried to create a coordinated colour scheme in this bed, mainly purple and blue and purple-pink flowering plants with some rich dark red foliage plants. This year it is looking particularly good at the moment with the addition of the self-seeded foxgloves.
The largest by far of the plants here is the Nepeta which seems to get bigger each year! So much so that I have already had to cut it back as it swamps other plants waiting to take their turn. The bees love it though.
And June is the month for the hardy geraniums to make their mark in the garden. I have a few, but Anne Thomson is one of my favourites for the colour and the way she wends her way through this border. She’ll be here for the next few months. She also matches the colour of the foxgloves perfectly!
Another hardy geranium is G. ‘Magnificum’ with large rich purple flowers though this one is short-lived. But the colour works perfectly here.
New this year are these two kinds of Martagon lilies. Planted last year they were eaten by the S&S before they got very far. This spring I covered the bulbs with cut-off plastic water bottles as a kind of cloche, until they reached a good 6-8 inches in height. I have watched them carefully over the last few months and am very happy to see them come to flower. I am hoping these like this location and bulk up over the coming years.
Heucheras are at home here too adding their loose sprays of small white or pink flowers to the abundance of flowers.
It has been a strange week for June – warm, but cloudy and lots of showers and also very breezy. As I have still been getting over the lurgy I mentioned last week (not Covid) I haven’t been out in the garden much anyway, but I am conscious of the fact that spring bulb containers need emptying and summer annuals need planting. Hopeful for a dry weekend so I can get something done and to enjoy the start of summer.
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