Planting Ideas for the Steps Beds

DeakinLock proposals for the beds on either side of steps – love these ideas! This area enjoys a lot of sunshine – one small bed is next to the dining room will be visible from inside the house; and on the other side of the steps the bed is against the fence and ‘stopped’ by the Viburnum Plicatum which I hope will take after being transplanted.

 On the other side of the steps, against the fence, is a similar planting.

Pinks, blues, and purples in the garden

The plants are growing taller and taller – thank goodness they are staked! The alchemillas look more like shrubs than perennials, and the ‘Mayflower’ geraniums are as tall as the allium ‘Purple Sensation’. The paeony buds are getting fatter and the Roseraie de l’Haye is about to open – all very exciting!

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Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ with Geranium ‘Mayflower’
Alliums, geraniums, and a hint of red valerian
Alliums, geraniums, and a hint of red valerian

And the Libertia is looking sensational!

Libertia
Libertia
Libertia, with Nepeta 'mussenii' in the background
Libertia, with Nepeta ‘Mussenii’ in the background

The turning sun

It is 31 May, and in three weeks’ time the sun turns round and heads south, but today has dawned grey, chilly, and windy again. In the garden the plants are doing surprisingly well, although some are clearly struggling to flourish.

The geraniums are winners and about to burst into abundant flower!

Geranium Macrorrhizum 'Spessart'
Geranium Macrorrhizum ‘Spessart’
Geraniium 'Mayflower'
Geranium ‘Mayflower’
Geraniium Phaeum 'Samobor'
Geraniium Phaeum ‘Samobor’
Geranium 'Johnson's Blue'
Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’

Two more winners, with forests of flowers!

Persicaria bistorta 'Superba'
Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba’
Tellima Grandiflora
Tellima Grandiflora

Giants at two foot high already, and they are not yet flowering!

Alchemilla Mollis
Alchemilla Mollis

And all in quite a small space

The front garden
The front garden