Posted: 02/04/2015 at 07:36
I am really, really poor at designing planting schemes with flowering plants - it rarely turns out as I had pictured. I'm better with shrubs & trees - but that's probably because they are expensive & difficult to move once established - so I spend weeks agonising over what to buy & exactly where to plant.
My most successful planting combos are usually by chance. For example leaving several pots of french lavendar partially sunk in the soil (reduces watering) while on holiday. When I came home a load of bright orange & some ivory escholtzia (spelling?) had started flowering behind the lavendar - it looked adsolutely stunning so I left it there all summer.
Same sort of thing with a lime green coloured cotinus (impulse buy). Sunk the pot in the soil in front of Sambucus Black Lace while I decided where to plant it - the foliage contrast was lovely - decision made!
I think, on the whole, I like informal mixed random cottage planting tamed by a surround of dwarf hedging & neatly edged lawn. I cannot explain why I cannot resist magenta coloured flowers - constantly drawn to those plus soft blues, softest creamy yellow, white and burnt orange.
An interesting palette to work with!