Monday, March 12, 2012

Anemone x hybrida

Just adoring the white Woodland, or Japanese Anemones at the moment. They absolutely glow in a shaded patch of the garden. I wish they lasted longer in  a vase, as the real joy to me is the close-up view of the intricate central stamens - total clarity of colour. Just beautiful. They are fantastic in larger gardens where they can take over an area. But can be easily controlled in a smaller garden, too. Great for a late summer feature, particularly to hide a fence or at the back of the garden, as they grow to about 1.2m + tall.

They come in a lovely pink, too, which is more vigorous than the white. But the white is my favourite.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Orange in a garden


Ligularia 'Desdemona' - grown for it's foliage, but
flowers are a bonus

People tend to either love or hate orange. I love it in the right place. I love it in a garden full of other hot colours, or like this part of my own garden, in an isolated area, with a mass of greens around it. No colour clashes, just oranges!! I have teamed this with lots of dark foliage for a bit of drama. Flaxes, Psyocarpus Shady Lady, and the Ligularia foliage itself. Just a bit of fun.