Okay - so I said I'd show you the changes month by month to this garden - but I missed December. I'm sure you will cope. January has progressed from the yellows and blues to the dominance of orange, with blues and purples. Below is yesterday's snapshot of most of the flowering plants. So, these are all thriving under neglect, in the hot and dry summer. There are lots of things I will fine tune over autumn (moving some plants further back, dividing and adding more of some etc). This is a learning curve for me, too, you know!
|Echinacea White Swan - I will add lots more of this. The creamy petals and size of the |
flower are important to break up the mass of smaller flowers, and colour clashes!
|Leonotis leonorus - great in behind|
|Penstemon - a really valuable addition to any perennial garden, for longevity |
of flower season, and height.
|Unnamed dahlia, with some of the blues and purples behnid|
|Geranium Johnson's Blue - love this, but too bossy for front of house. Will move these |
back next year.
|Hellenium - adore this, and loves the heat. Due for a chop back, to prolong the season.|
|Verbena bonariense - featured many many times on this blog - one of my all-time faves.|
|Convoluvulus mauritanicus - fantastic groundcover. The best at laying low |
and mingling without dominating.
|Geum something or other! Love it.|
|Salvia gigantea maybe? This is so tall, and fabulous flowers just about to start. Want more.|
|Feels like I need more cream in here.|
|Echinacea ..... - arghh - forgotten name - but this is GORGEOUS. Want more.|
|Dahlias again. They add a real punch of size and colour into late autumn.|
|Watch out, Dame Edna Everidge is in the house! Gladioli are great in amongst other plants.|