Posted: 18/08/2017 at 16:10
I love my big purple alliums. The foliage is large but by the time they are ready to open out some hardy geranium or astrantia has covered it up nicely for me. The disappointment about alliums is no matter how well l think I've marked the spot, one always accidentally gets halved when weeding.
I've discovered a true lilac agapanthus this year called Liams Lilac, absolutely beautiful in flower. Also a pure purple agapanthus called Twilight Zone, a real dark amethyst colour flower with sturdy stems.
I didn't do hanging baskets this year and tbh haven't missed them at all. My garden is usually a sun trap, alas not this summer, so the watering of them was always a pain, and no dead heading of petunias this year which has been a bonus.
I treated myself to a new clematis this spring. One that l had admired in an NGS open garden last summer. It's a Betty Corning variety. Little lilac and white scented bell like flowers, a really cute , healthy quite vigorous clematis.
Alstromeria Indian Summer has been fantastic this year. I've pulled loads of stems for the house and the flowers outside have been covered in bees.
My sweetpeas have been truly awful, not enough sun l think. But l know I'll try again next year. I can't resist the scent.