Wild garden practicalities
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
As a learner, I am discovering that a truly wild garden is a mixed blessing. The beauty in late Winter and early Spring seems to have a downside as it becomes unkempt as the Summer progresses. It also seems very difficult to manage the wild garden that becomes very dense with vast number of plants, some of which (mainly weeds) have to be removed, but this is very diffucult to achieve without damaging the desirable wild plants. For this reason, I am contemplating interplanting the wild plants with garden plants that are dormant in the Winter and early Spring while the wild flowers are at their best. Once the wild flowers, especially bluebells, have begun to die down, the interplanted garden plants will begin their growth, camouflaging the wilted remains of the bluebells, etc. I have discovered a Potentilla, P. nepalensis that fits the bill very nicely and I wonder if any of our members have suggestions for any other plants that may be suitable both in their behaviour and their 'wildflowerish' appearance.
In this way, I hope to make the garden more easily managed and also achieve the best of both worlds. Any suggestions will be gratefully received.
- 3 May, 2009