Posted: 09/09/2016 at 21:28
Hi wakeshine - the Blakadder Phormium has clematis Niobe growing through it and up the screen. The other grass - the golden one with the little white flowers is actually a Libertia. There are some Chrysographes Iris in there too - on the left of the phormium, behind the clematis, as this area is next to my little pond.
That pic was taken in about May/June. There are loads of Cupani sweet peas in the raised bed to the right of all of that just now .
If you like the look of phormiums, try getting one you like (there are loads of varieties) put it in a pot, and then pick a few plants to go with it, depending on the look you prefer. Same foliage colour but different shape for instance.
The dark ones work really well with bright colours - so you might fancy a few plants with bright red or pink flowers. Dianthus look good, or Geums, or even pots of annuals like pelargoniums or nasturtiums. If you like a softer look, pick pale blues or creams, or even simply foliage. Just build on that once you have the colours or style you like. Start small and then add to it
And keep your Dahlias - one or two of those behind a Phormium would be terrific!
Last edited: 09 September 2016 21:29:07