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By annella

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I was looking through my photos this week and found some that I took back in March when I decided to give part of the front garden a makeover. This strip of garden runs along the public path on one side and my drive on the other so I wanted to plant some tough ground covering perennials that could stand up to my neighbour’s kids foot balls and bikes, stop weeds getting in and cope with south facing dry clay.
This needed to be done on a budget so most of the plants are divisions from around my garden.

Saturday 6th March 2010

After digging out an old Erysimum I moved the tall Hebe to the back garden and got OH to help remove two Ceanothus that had become straggly with age.

The soil was improved then I replanted a new ‘Erysimum Bowles Mauve’ as I love the colour contrast with Cortaderia selloana ‘Splendid Star’ which is the centre piece of this border. I have used hardy geraniums and Osteospermum along the path as they are tough and flower for months.

September 2010

I was surprised to see how quickly this border has come on after seeing the March photos, most of the plants have already doubled in size.

Some of the other plants included.
Osteospermum jucundum

Sedum & Persicaria

Hardy geranium ‘Wargrave pink’ still in flower

An unknown beauty from my neighbour’s garden…any ideas? It has flowered for weeks now

Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Cambridge’ for ground cover and mid summer colour

Geranium Macrorrhizum for long lasting spring colour and autumn leaf tints

Two sun loving newbies ‘Gaillardia Oranges & Lemons’ & Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’ both still in flower

And finally, Cortaderia selloana ‘Splendid Star’ which looks good all year round

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Pretty planting Annella... well done :o)

26 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks TT, I've just commented on your pic :-)))

26 Nov, 2010

 

Just found that ... :o)))

26 Nov, 2010

 

Taking pics of things is great for surprising you....I never realise how much things have grown until I look back! Lovely planting..hope not too many neighbours kids' bikes are going over it!

26 Nov, 2010

 

Looks wonderful Annella, love the pampas not seen one with the coloured leaves before, just googled it and see its a dwarf one too, aaargh another plant for my wish list:-)

26 Nov, 2010

 

what a huge difference Annella and looks lovely, wish i had something at the front but its block paved and just a small square where i use to have a tree, now just a low ground covering conifer to brighten things up.

26 Nov, 2010

 

Lovely planting, and all growing away beautifully.

26 Nov, 2010

 

San....how about a potted garden at the front? :))

26 Nov, 2010

 

What a lovely focus to the front of your home....the choice of planting (surprisingly even the small pampus grass) are really pleasing to the eye. It did really flourish for you, Annella.

26 Nov, 2010

 

Thank you all , can any one help me with the plant from my neighbour? :-)))

26 Nov, 2010

 

Great blog. Nice planting scheme. Fascinating to see how quickly new plantscan become established.

26 Nov, 2010

amy
Amy
 

You have created a splended planting scheme Annella , the bed has filled out beautifully , does your neighbours flower have ferny type leaves ? I wondered if it was an Anacyclus , Mt Atlas Daisy !

26 Nov, 2010

 

Wonderful ! It's great how everything has settled in and grown away. It will be even better next year :o)

26 Nov, 2010

 

Stunning, Annella, absolutely beautiful planting. This has gone straight onto my Favs my dear friend..... Great photos too \0/!X

27 Nov, 2010

 

The bud of that daisy looks like a member of the genus Chrysanthemum, but that covers a lot of territory! A shot of the leaves would help narrow it down.

27 Nov, 2010

 

Thank you all! I have now added a pic of the mystery plants leaves :-))

29 Nov, 2010

 

The leaves look to me like a form or close relative of Ox-Eye Daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum), Annella. We grow them as winter annuals here in the desert, but they're probably perennial there.

30 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks Tugbrethil, I have just looked it up online and agree. It's nice to know what you are growing :-))

1 Dec, 2010

 

Quite a transformation..love the 'orange and lemons' well done

20 Jan, 2011

 

Thanks Skipscanda :-))

20 Jan, 2011

 

If its the daisy Im thinking of Annella it will seed everywhere..but very floriferous. You certainly have green fingers, the border is lovely.

3 Feb, 2011

 

Thanks Tet, if it does seed I will put some in the back garden.

3 Feb, 2011

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