Posted: 05/06/2012 at 11:51
I have a damp, shady bed next to my terrace that is particularly pleasing at the moment - golden hakonechloa, yellow day lilies, a golden dwarf conifer with ferns unfurling, blue, green and variegated hostas, tall white primulas and an astilboides all performing now to be followed by astilbes, Japanese anemones and chelones in shades of pink and purple. Some aquilegias and sweet rocket have self sown and it's looking stunning, all offset by a low hedge of blue toned conifer between it and the grass beyond. In early spring there are snowdrops, dwarf daffs, shorter primulas, helleborus foetidus and snake's head frits. Fab.
All the other beds are as weedy as the fashionable stuff seen at Chelsea - not a good look - but they'll have to wait till I am fully recovered from the neck op. However I love the rhythm of golden and purple foliafe shrubs along the back border - golden sambucus and a purple acer, another golden sambucus witha physocarpus diabolo, a golden robinia frisia with a prunus cerastifuga to one side and a sambucus black lace to the other. The gold is picked up by phlomis russeliana and the purple by self swon sweet rocket and verbena bonariensis and some clems. Out the front I have a purple smoke bush and a gold/bronze conifer which glow in sunshine and even on grey days.