Posted: 27/06/2013 at 20:53
Ok, so my 1m x 1m very mini meadow, full of cornfield annuals (sown at exactly the right quantity and the right soil, as per seed seller's instructions) is now looking like an overgrown bed of weeds.
Not enough sun.
Too much rain.
All soggy, floppy, no structure, plants lying on top of other plants.
Argh - it's horrible!
Nothing flowering yet either.
Tempted to quit whilst I'm ahead, as it ain't gonna get any prettier...take the whole lot out underplant with autumn bulbs (Sternbergia) and herbaceous perennials...then loads of snowdrops for Spring.
But I'm having difficulty trying to imagine what type of plants should go there.
Small urban garden by the way, plum slate, raised beds, water feature...this small bed is oval and set into the slate.
It's west facing and gets a lot of sun (when it is actually sunny, which it hasn't been properly in Londo for eons).
Shall I plant many of the same plant, creating a mini drift-of-something? Or a signature plant? Or just have herb. perennials coming through as the snowdrops and cyclamen coums fade? What herb. perennial would be the best for long flowering period?
I have several in my garden already, but am a wee bit stuck for ideas...
Would prefer cool colours - ideally only one - say silver and white, or lilac and purple...
Your expert ideas are much needed as I'm running out of time