Last year, I removed 12 barrow loads of Symphytum (Comfrey) from the wide border opposite our Garden Room. It looked awful and was spreading too. I wanted to make a ‘Hot Border’ as a change from pinks and mauves. I planned it out and planted it up. It was quite pleasing.
This year, I had lost some plants and added others in the gaps. It all seemed to be going well – I had decided that pink Cosmos (grown from seed last year) didn’t ‘go’ with the other colours. I tried what was meant to be red Cosmos, but although they turned out to be orange, and would have been good in this border, they are also SMALL – why didn’t the packet of seeds tell me that? They are lost at the back of the border! And at the front – oh dear! A pink Phlox and a lilac one – I just couldn’t bear looking at the mis-match of colours, so out they came, in flower or not, wrong time of year or not.
Well-watered in, it’s OK so far.
So is the lilac one. It looks a lot better over there. But it left a gap in my ‘hot’ border. Good excuse to visit the Garden Centre and see what I could find!
Agastache, a lovely orange Dahlia, a new Coreopsis which all fit in well. But a gap in the front. Off I went again with a thought – I knew there was a black grassy plant.
And I found it – Ophiopogon planiscapus. Two would fill that space very nicely and pick up the colour of the Dahlia’s leaves.
So there we are – an improved ‘hot border’ and a new view across the lawn from the Garden room. Now it doesn’t offend my colour sense any longer. It was fun, too! A bit of retail therapy while the weather is bad again has done the trick! I’m smiling again.
I think it’s better than last year, but the yellow Heleniums meant to be taller than the red ones are NOT. Well, they’ll just have to wait. A garden is never finished, is it?
- 30 Jul, 2008
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