Six on Saturday | Dappled Shade

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.

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!

Anne Thomson
Geranium ‘Magnificum’ / (Purple Cranesbill)

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.

Heuchera ‘Coral-Berry’

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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48 Comments Add yours

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, it’s all a bit of a jungle at the moment.

  1. margaret21 says:

    Beautiful, Jude. Are you feeling better – a bit, anyway?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Margaret, still got a stuffy nose and cough, but thank goodness the throat has improved.

      1. margaret21 says:

        Onwards and upwards!

  2. beetleypete says:

    I love a bit of ‘dapple’. Hope you have fully recovered, Jude.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not fully Pete, cough and blocked nose still, but an improvement on last week.

      1. beetleypete says:

        I hope the last of it clears up soon. x

  3. fredgardener says:

    I wanted to present the geranium Magnificum too this week but I had no more free item so it will be for next week. It has a rather special story… I also bought the Heuchera Coral Berry not long ago. Still a little patience to have a reasonable volume…

    1. Heyjude says:

      I like Magnificum, but it only flowers for a couple of weeks and then all gone.

  4. peggy says:

    I can’t tell you how much I love your garden. It is gorgeous.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Aw, thank you Peggy, I’m happy that it delights you.

      1. peggy says:

        I have a lot of flowers in my yard that bring me delight. Yet, I see how much work you put into your garden and know you must spend much more time on your beautiful flowers.

  5. bushboy says:

    I love your colourful garden Jude 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks BB – it is certainly that right now! I need to declutter at the end of the season.

  6. restlessjo says:

    Love the colour of Anne Thomson. That flower bed works well. The lily looks like something that would thrive here. Speaking of which, good to know you’re a bit fitter. I was going to WhatsApp but it’s been a busy few days. 🤗💟

    1. Heyjude says:

      Anne is beautiful, much nicer than my paler pink ones that self-seed all over the garden. I’m chuffed about the lilies, struggled to keep the Asiatic ones flowering as they just got eaten every year, so these were somewhat of a risk!

  7. Toonsarah says:

    I always love the photos you share of your beautiful garden, but the colour scheme here is especially lovely – purple is (probably) my favourite colour! Those foxgloves chose the right place to self-seed 😆

    1. Heyjude says:

      The foxgloves are looking good, but they are very big plants for my small garden so once they finish flowering I shall be removing them, I’m sure they will self-seed themselves for another year!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks John.

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