Something Unusual for the Flower Garden
Flower Garden: Something Unusual
The choice of plants available for the spring borders is limitless. The inclusion of something a little different adds certain style and transforms the conventional into the dramatic.
Ipheion uniflorum ‘Wisley Blue’ – Starry blueare an enchaining addition to the front of the border. 15cm/6in
Erythronium dens-canis is but one of many dog’s tooth violets enjoying a semi-shaded. Humus rich situation. 15cm/6in
Pulmonaria ‘Bowles’ Blue’ – A beautiful lungwort and one of many available forms. 30 x 45cm/ 1 x 1½ ft
Dicentra ‘Bacchanal’ is an exceptionally deep red bleeding heart with finely cut. Glaucous green leaves. 30 x 30cm/1 x 1ft
Fritillaria imperialis – The crown imperial is one of the most majestic of garden plants and well worth growing. 1m x 30cm/ 3 x 1ft
In the wild, the impression of wild flowers sprinkled amongst gently waving grasses is something to be desired and, if possible, copied.
Caltha palustris – A good choice for a damp spot beside a pond or stream. 60 x 60cm/2 x 2ft
Cardamine pratensis – The lady’s smock is to be found growing in damp meadows and ditches in the wild. 25cm/10in
Meconopsis cambrica – Allowed to seed around, the Welsh poppy will lend a casual air to the garden. 30 x 30cm/1 x 1ft
Convallaria majalis – Beautifully scented, lily-of-the-valley will gradually increase over the years. 20cm/8in
Scilla non-scripta – Bluebells should mainly be reserved for the wild garden where left undisturbed, they will naturalize. 25cm/10in
Primula ‘Valley Red’ – Primulas are an attractive addition to the less formal pans of the garden. 30x30cm/1 x 1ft
Primula vulgaris – A cool shady hank makes an ideal site in which to place clumps of primroses. 10cm/ 4in
Flower Gardens in Early Summer – COMBINING PLANTS
As Summer gathers pace so the borders begin to fill out. Soft, pastel colours predominate and it is the arrangement of these which determines the success or otherwise of the planting schemes.
Some Associations will readily suggest themselves, others will need to be worked at. Teaming copper with lime-green, purple with grey and orange with blue are just a few of the compositions to be tried. Equally successful are blue, white and silver or simply primrose and white.
Aquilegia ‘Magpie’ – A sombre atmosphere is created by placing this unusual aquilegia amongst purple sage. 60 x 45cm/2 x 1½ ft ♦ Aquilegias come readily from seed but will frequently cross one with another.
Erysimum ‘Bowles’ Mauve’ – This perennial wallflower looks splendid against a silver background. 60 x 60cm/2 x 2ft
Iris sibirica – The lavender blue of this Siberian flag tones well with pale pinks. For moist. 60 x 60cm/2 x 2ft
Lychnis chalcedonica – A difficult red to place outside a hot scheme. Look out for the double form. 1m x 45cm/3 x 1 x 1½ ft
Veronica austriaca ‘Shirley Blue’ – Drift this sprawling plant throughout a yellow and blue border. 20 x 30cm/8in x 1ft
Diascia vigilis – Put this pretty pink with the silver-grey foliage of lamb’s ears Stachys byzantina “Silver Carpet’. 45x60cm/1½ x 2ft
Baptisia australis – The false indigo is a worthwhile plant to seek out and include in a blue scheme. 75 x 60cm/2 ½ x 2ft
For spring flowering, plant bulbs during the previous autumn.
As a broad guide bulbs should be planted to at least twice their depth.
Most bulbs may be allowed to remain in the ground although tulips and hyacinths may, if desired, be lifted once the leaves have died down.
An annual dressing of bonemeal lightly forked in before bulbs commence flowering will help to maintain vigour.