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I told you about the large space I had to play with once the Hebe went and the Amelanchier came. Members asked what I’d plant there!

Well – I decided to plant in pale colours…very pale.

This is the flower from an unusual plant called ‘Persicaria polymorpha’.

It should grow to a height of about 4’, and spread gently. That’s at the back of the area.

I had seen a different Persicaria at an open garden, and bought one from the plant stall. It’s Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Rosea’, and I was lucky enough to find a Nursery that stocked them, so I was able to plant three in a group.

That’s not all, though – Astrantia major ‘Buckland’ is the same colour as the Persicaria flowers, so I’ve added three of them, plus a pink Astilbe at the other side of the tree.

These plants all have a long flowering period, but I’ve also planted two Geraniums which should provide colour earlier in the year. There are already some at the front of this bed, so ‘Brookside’ and ‘Amy Doncaster’ have joined them.

The other plant I put in in the most shaded corner is Brunnera ‘Mr Morse’ – which flowers in the spring. You might have spotted Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ in the bed – that has blue flowers, while ‘Mr Morse’ has white ones.

In the spring, the bed will be mostly white and blue, as there are also Omphalodes cappadocica and Pulmonaria in there already. Then it changes to pink and white. You couldn’t call it a ‘bright’ or ‘hot’ border, could you? More…hmmm…soothing, or possibly – muted.

I might also think about planting a few bulbs. Anemone blanda? Maybe. More planning! It’s fun, though. Much better than moping over the loss of the Hebe, don’t you agree?

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So beautiful!

30 Aug, 2011

 

That will be lovely,Spritz..I really like all your new plants,and the colour scheme..I bet you have forgotten about the Hebe already..and it's great to have a new start,along with the excitement of choosing new plants..
looking forward to seeing them mature..Those Persicaria's are really nice,as are all the others..just lovely..:o)

30 Aug, 2011

 

I couldn't, Bloomer. It was so special. I'm glad you both approve of what I've done, though. Thank you for the kind comments. :-)

30 Aug, 2011

 

I like the pastel tones very much. very soothing on the eye and you will love the tree in spring, lovely foliage and flowers. summer bluish fruits and then red leaves in the autumn.
good choice of plants there. love the persicarias too. sent you a pm too.

30 Aug, 2011

 

What a lovely group of new plants. We need these treats before the end of the season.

30 Aug, 2011

 

which geranium is it Spritz?
I grew seed you sent of Bxton's variety. " have flowers with a white centre and two dont. do they show this sort of variation?

The pink one I mentioned has gone to cheer up my brothers small garden :o)

30 Aug, 2011

 

The one in the blog is G. sylvaticum 'Amy Doncaster', Sbg. I'm sure you're aware that Geranium seedlings don't always 'come true', so that's why you've got a mixture.

I'm glad you like my plants. Thanks, Linda. :-)

30 Aug, 2011

 

Thats a lovely selection, as you say it will have a soothing effect, I like the sound of it changing from blues to pink, be nice to see your photo`s next springtime with all the new plants....

30 Aug, 2011

 

Thanks Spritz, I suspected as much but they are really pretty anyway.

30 Aug, 2011

 

doing the same here to spriz lol , dug every thing out and started again ! ............. few things there i like too ............. just got lots of bulbs to put in as well ........ soft colours are sooooooooo pretty .

30 Aug, 2011

 

I don't normally use such pale colours, but I do like the effect. :-)

I really must get my bulbs ordered - it's September this week! Eeeek! Where did August go? :-O

30 Aug, 2011

 

Oh yes, definitely a lot more fun than mourning the loss of the Hebe! Lovely plants B, I thought the first photo was a white astilbe. I've been very busy myself, trying to sort out the lawn and reducing the size of a bed that was out of control with weeds. I was out there in the rain this morning finishing it off. All I need to do now is lay some turf to reinstate a bit of the grass where I've reduced the planting. I'm thinking ahead you see....making it all a bit less maintainence...a little at a time...for selling. Last week, on a nice day, I had somebody behind me revving up a motor bike for about an hour...twice....and about 20 small children playing at the front of the house for hours after school. This is not what moving to a country town was like in my imagination!! I love your muted, soothing colour schemes as you know, and won't that be lovely with the white blossom of the Amelanchier.....nice!

30 Aug, 2011

 

great mix of colours Spritz....:-)

30 Aug, 2011

 

Thank you, Karen. I'm looking forward to seeing this area in all seasons! I just hope the butterflies land on other plants. I found FIVE on an Erysimum today! :-)

I certainly wouldn't appreciate the noise you have there. I can't blame you for wanting to move away. Where will you look - still in Scotland?

The white Persicaria is about 3' tall. I agree - the flower is very like an Astilbe.

Hi Sandra - I'm pleased you approve! ;-D

30 Aug, 2011

 

Love the colour scheme - so unusual. Bet it looks peaceful and tranquil.

30 Aug, 2011

 

Yes, it's pleasing on the eye, Sheila. As I said, it's a lot paler than my usual planting, but why not? ;-)

I have 'hot' colours in another border, so this makes a real change for this time of year.

30 Aug, 2011

 

I love the new planting combination of textures, colours and long flowering periods. It will be looking great by next years open days. I love flowering shrubs but since discovering perennials I am also discovering how much more interest they can add to a garden.

30 Aug, 2011

 

Thanks - we have to send off the NGS forms this week, so decision time is upon us. It only seems like a couple of weeks since this year's efforts! I think it'll be June again, though. Let's hope this new planting is doing something then.

30 Aug, 2011

 

I like this colour scheme Spritzhenry and the plant's are nice as well, Amy Doncaster is a favourite of mine :-)

30 Aug, 2011

 

Yes, and mine. I cut her back and she flowers again - really useful! :-) Thanks, Mavis.

31 Aug, 2011

 

The great thing about Astrantia is it's doing something all summer long! B, I'm thinking St Andrews area....the town has everything..history, beauty, buzz, university, culture, interesting shops, a beautiful beach and EVEN a golf course or two for OH...and it's only about 20 miles south of here. In fact, if we had a hover craft, I could probably get there in 15 minutes!! Now all I have to do is convince OH about the idea...it's very difficult to persuade an Angus lad to consider Fife as his home you know!! A bit like asking a Devon boy to move to Cornwall in fact! :))

31 Aug, 2011

 

Does he know why you're revamping the garden? Has he asked - or noticed yet? (lol) How about collecting a few house details and leaving them scattered around as the next clue? ;-D)

31 Aug, 2011

 

Just back from St Andrews...lunch in a lovely country house hotel! :)) see...you have to 'work' on these things...it takes time! :))

31 Aug, 2011

 

Oh, and no, he doesn't notice. You generally have to point it out to him!

31 Aug, 2011

 

Oh, I know ALL about that, K! lol.

31 Aug, 2011

 

;))

1 Sep, 2011

 

Looking forward to seeing them all next year Spritz:-)

12 Sep, 2011

 

Thanks, Ba. That reminds me - I must add the 2012 open days to my profile!

12 Sep, 2011

 

I wonder if I will make it...probably not:-(

12 Sep, 2011

 

Not AGAIN, Ba! Tsk, tsk. :-((

12 Sep, 2011

 

Lovely choice of plants Barbra gentle colours to relax and please;0)

17 Sep, 2011

 

Thanks - a real change and it's restful to look at. :-)

17 Sep, 2011

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