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I posted pictures of my front garden recently to show that summer was well and truly alive and kicking here.

This shows a handful of the plants in my back garden which is a completely different ‘place’ – it’s a lawn and shrubbery garden because i like having the two different places to enjoy.

It’s not cottagey, flouncy and flowery like the front is – it’s a green, quiet place …. and this shows some of the colours out there at this time.

Erodium ‘Spanish Eyes’, in the rockery

Erodium ‘Album’, as before.

Geranium ‘Mavis Simpson’, under shrubs.

Alpine Dianthus (can’t remember), along the top wall of the rockery.

Rosa ‘Ruby’ (ground cover), under bronze leaved shrubs.

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, as before.

Gypsophila ‘Pink Festival’ along the top of sleepers.

Viburnum tinus coming into flower.

Heuchera ‘Creme Brulee’, there are numerous large clumps of these around the garden, under the shrubs.

Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’ with all its new growth showing.

Ugni molinae’s lovely pink variegation.

Lithodora, in the rockery, it was cut hard back and now shows lots of new growth

Sempervivum with all its babies – more and more each year !

Small sedum and helianthemum ontop of the dry stone wall which runs along the top of the rockery.

Rosemary prostrata grown as a low hedge along the top of sleepers dividing two lawns in half. Infront and about 10" below grows 12" high lavenders, stipa tenuissima and the Ugni’s.
These all soften the look of the sleepers.

Sedum mat. This is placed over a manhole cover which is slap-bang in the middle of the lower lawn – infront of one of the sleepers.

Scutellaria and Sisyrinchium in the rockery.

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bjs
Bjs
 

Still looking very nice

22 Sep, 2010

 

You have some interesting plants there Louise and plenty of late colour. I prefer that sort of flower as opposed to the more 'blousey' ones. I haven't yet cut back my Lithdora as it looks so healthy, a bit late now maybe.

22 Sep, 2010

 

Some nice plants, quiet restful colours Louise :o)

22 Sep, 2010

 

Very nice Louise........

22 Sep, 2010

 

Lovely blog Louise, you have some lovely plants, bet the garden looks lovely.

22 Sep, 2010

 

lovely pictures, you have some beautiful plants in your garden. I particularly like the viburnam and the erodium.

22 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks folks :-)
Hywel, yes, it's exactly that ..... nice too to have somewhere that offers a different feel to the other/front garden.
Heron, it's nice to have that calmer feel to things, back there :-)

22 Sep, 2010

 

Lots of nice interesting plants there Louise, love the Pink and white Erodium ;0)

22 Sep, 2010

 

Nice photos Louise, I'm surprised you have Geranium 'Mavis Simpson' growing under shrubs, would only usually flower well in an open sunny location, and can rot off if damp throughout the winter.....my favorite hardy geranium, by the way :)

22 Sep, 2010

 

lovely plants. spotted a snail enjoying your creme brulee :o)

lovely feel to this garden louise. you are so right about having areas with a very different feel to them.
thanks for sharing.

22 Sep, 2010

 

A lovely selection of plants and shrubs Louise. Now, I hope you have nipped out and dispatched that snail on the creme brulee.............

22 Sep, 2010

 

I assume the heuchera "Creme Brulee" seeds freely? Some do ,some don't but from my experience the ptettier ones don't! I like the creme brulee though.

22 Sep, 2010

 

Looks great. The shrubs are wonderful.

22 Sep, 2010

 

Very pretty Louise, expert photography !!!

22 Sep, 2010

 

Did you spot the snail? pleased to see your heuchera doing so well after the problems you had, a lovely selection of plants.

22 Sep, 2010

 

Lovely plants out back Louise :-))

23 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks everyone :-)
I only spotted the b****y snail when i looked at the picture !!!!

Bluespruce, i didn't realise that about Mavis Simpson, she's in a north facing border too, it's light shade though ..... she seems to do very well under there - pure luck, obviously ;-)

Anchorman, none of my heucheras seem to seed freely and as Dottydaisy said - they used to be 'plagued' by caterpillars - i sprayed regularly with Provado early in the year and it paid off finally, after a couple of years of really bad caterpillar problems, they're gone :-)))))))))))))))))))

23 Sep, 2010

 

More beautiful photos Louise. :o))) Like yours, my back and front gardens are very different but the other way round. I love lots of colour in the back which I see most of but the front is mostly green and looks much the same all year.
I seem to have missed blog 2 somehow.........

23 Sep, 2010

 

lovely clear pics, great rockery plants..would be nice to see an "overall" pic of them in situ..
Now on to Blog 2..probly got the pics! Duh! Isnt it odd that some plants will make a fool of you...grow there? surely not! Well..
Ive planted two of the same side by side and one dies and one doesnt..done that quite a few times..

23 Sep, 2010

 

Oh, wow! Just terrific. I see that your Sisyrinchium -- a lovely colour -- are still in flower. Mine flowered ages ago, although there is one tiny little flower on one of them as a kind of last gasp. Thanks for a wonderful display.

23 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks Lily, Tetrarch and Kowhai :-)
Tetrarch, in my pictures there 'are' shots of the back garden, including the rockery, but it would mean you trawling through loads of pictures i'm afraid.
Kowhai, those sisyrinchium are EK Balls .... most of the sisyrinchiums seem to flower all through the summer, here.

23 Sep, 2010

 

yes Louise, been happily trolling....

23 Sep, 2010

 

still looking lovely louise ;o))

23 Sep, 2010

 

Thats a doozie of a Creme Brulee..when you get fed up with it....

23 Sep, 2010

 

Great blog Louise, you must have a really good camera :o)

23 Sep, 2010

 

How did I miss this blog? Sorry I'm late - I still enjoyed it, though, and as you're well aware, I love your Ugnis....I wish I could grow them, but it's your micro-climate again...:-((

25 Sep, 2010

 

Thanks girls :-)
Spritz, the ugni's do remarkably well don't they - considering they're hailed as so tender.

25 Sep, 2010

 

Yes. I daren't even think about trying to grow them - so I'll just admire yours. ;-)

25 Sep, 2010

 

Lovely blog Louise, I agree with Tetrach that it would be good idea, if, when taking close-ups we panned back so we could see the overall impression. I'll try that in future. I love your plants Louise, and how pretty the individual viburnum flowers are, great pic, and what a brilliant idea ....a sedum mat! How does it work soil and food wise, what do you have to do?

28 Sep, 2010

 

I bought this sedum mat from Enviromat.
As for the food etc ..... the sedums are growing in a medium which provides all its nutrients etc.
I don't water this, nor feed it. The mat is just laid ontop of the manhole cover and doesn't get touched - infact i've not done anything 'to' it since i put it there 4 years ago !
You can place these mats on top of sheds, rabbit hutches .... pretty much anything - vertical or horizontal !

28 Sep, 2010

 

Wow that's amazing, I'll have a look at them:-)

28 Sep, 2010

 

loving your sempervivum it looks so happy...you have some great plants...i think DD could rent thmselves out as a snail hunter...lol

29 Sep, 2010

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