Six on Saturday in The City Garden

It is the end of August and there is a hint of ‘year-end’ in the garden. It feels slightly tired, as though we are in the last fling before settling down to sleep. On the whole I have been pleased with progress this year, but I can also see where some changes are needed next year. The laurel tree needs to be cut back, the damson needs its biannual prune (so no jam next year), and the neighbour’s conifer is threatening light and life. Then some of the plants need to be changed around – but less so than this year – slow progress!

Grass & Flower Combinations

I have planted low-growing grasses in small, square beds and think they will need some taller, wavy flowers planted amongst them. But which flowers? I have combined Luzula Nivea and Carex ‘Frosted Curls’ and I think blue flowers would look good standing above the grasses, and perhaps the cornflowers are best as this is a cottage garden.

Small globe thistle (www.crocus.co.uk)
Small globe thistle (www.crocus.co.uk)
Verbena Bonariensis 'Lollipop' (www.crocus.co.uk)
Verbena Bonariensis ‘Lollipop’ (www.crocus.co.uk)
Cornflowers (www.crocus.co.uk)
Cornflowers (www.crocus.co.uk)