Garden Makeover

A year ago the ‘Patio Garden’ was pretty: hot and sunny, the daisies flowered prolifically, as did the iris. But it is now at the end of its fourth season. The rose has grown, the nepeta have become woody, as have the achilleas, and the artemisia just isn’t thriving. The hedge has thickened and together with the larger rose this compartment has changed to warm and partially shaded. Time to change the planting emphasis!

Summer 2011
Summer 2011
Patio garden, June 2013
Patio garden, June 2013
June 2014
June 2014

What is staying? The Roseraie de l’Haye, of course, the grasses and the libertia. They all need more space and the spikey shapes of the grasses and libertia will change the character of this part of the garden.

Grass & Libertia
Grass & Libertia
Miscanthus Sinensis 'Silberlicht'
Miscanthus Sinensis ‘Silberlicht’

I have underplanted between the libertia and the miscanthus with Heuchera ‘Purple Palace’ taken from another part of the garden. This seems to do better if divided annually, or perhaps every second year. After that the plants become leggy and woody.

Heuchera 'Purple Palace'
Heuchera ‘Purple Palace’

Instead of daisies I am trying a combination of tall, dark purple iris which I have rescued from behind the rose and divided (May/June), blue alliums (June/July, on the Crocus.co.uk website), Perovskia (August-October), Japanese anenome ‘Honorine Joubert’ (August-October, another ‘rescued’ plant), and Verbena bonariensis (June-October). And for contrast, and bee food, I might tuck in some cosmos.

Cosmos
Cosmos

On the edge of the bed is a pale yellow potentilla, alchemilla, and geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’, all flowering earlier in spring.

 What do you think?

7 thoughts on “Garden Makeover

    1. Thank you – I am digging in manure too and the small amount of compost I have managed to produce. In the spring I will use a general fertiliser for the plants, and then just hope the weather will be kind.

  1. I like the colour combo particularly and the fact that you are re-siting rather than just starting from scratch – this planting plan looks like it will have more air and movement

    1. Yes, the planting was too crowded. If the perovskia don’t take this time I will have to rethink, again! And this time I wanted to keep the colours in the blue/deep pink range, with some white for brightness in the gloomy parts of the year.

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