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Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:34

Right there with you Obelixx when it comes to crushing over bronze/rust colours and agree about the rhythm of foliage.



Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:28

artjak, Hebe was my first port of call but I'm uneasy about introducing too much white into this area and Hebes mostly flower in purple, lavender or white, unless Im mistaken, and purple/lavenders are a bit too romantic for this space.

I have a very formal image in my head, that focuses on structure and foilage. It's sort of my Death garden...but i don't just want a collection of folklore plants to do with death.

I want a visual death. SO my acer trees and hostas give off the most amazing autumn colours and alongside the steely blues foilage of my euphorbias and rusty heucheras and ferns, I'm looking to tame it all with greens. I bought three Box last year that I've been growing on with the idea of having large box balls in the ground but now they are in larger pots looking damn fine, I can't spoil their good looks by sinking them into the ground.

Fortunately, I have three largish Rosemary that I can keep trimmed and do a very nice job of pretending to be grown up box.



Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:12

I love lots of greens with delicate whites. I also love silvers and blues, especially at the end of the day.

My garden is split into four areas plus a veg plot at the bottom. It's still maturing but this year I made an effort to correct last year's colour mistakes...and bring themes to these spaces.

The top garden already had a lot of mature plants that couldn't be moved so I had to organise around those...taking the blues, whites and soft pinks of flowering shrubs and climbers, I have gathered other pinks to this area. With a splash of yellow foliages, I'm hoping the combinations will be romantic. 

Gathering up the pinks also served another purpose in the middle garden because I want the middle section to be mostly greens. I love formal gardens and I'm looking for real serenity although I have a long way to go. Mistakes are already glaringly obvious here with too much yellow and a severe lack of structure. I am currently researching a compact round evergreen shrub to live in semi shade at the foot of a beastly honeysuckle...any ideas?

I'd also love still water here and I think this area will be my main revamp for next season. The acer tree and hostas are staying though

The latter half of the garden has a lawn area and stoned courtyard...using the term loosely as its still in its infancy.

I have concentrated mostly on purples and white combinations on the lawn side and am pleased with this arrangement although I have yet to see it through the seasons. the courtyard is still a work in progress, I know what I want but I need trellis  fencing and climbers and too much to discuss really, although it will be a lush, shady and very green space. No scary colours and lots of foliage and running water here, if I can ever afford it.

Colour is extremely important in my creative endeavour. I think the plant choices we make really do define the atmosphere in our gardens.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 20:06

What a fantastic effort you make with such a small space. There is a lot of challenge in that!

Summer has arrived

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 15:52

People have different tastes. I had a super bright pink cistus growing in my middle garden that was a rescue job gone nuts. It suited the aspect, I enjoyed its habit and foilage very much, it was even serving as winter protection for a less hardy canyon sage but it was just an awful shade of pink flower.

What made things worse was a nearby orange-red rose that was just too orange against hot pink, so it had to go and you know what..the rose died afterwards

So it could have stayed after all.


I really don't mind pink in the garden, just so long as it doen't get too hot.

Now..Clematis...I'm still learning which ones I like best. I really like the sieboldii and the Alpinas are delightful, but I will have to do my research better.

From your choices, I'd partial to Romantika but not so much the Rouge Cardinal

drat and curses to this hot sunny weather

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 20:49

I agree. Who needs sunshine?

Summer brings pests and diseases and noisy birds and many many many long hauls up and down the garden path with pales of water.

Why oh why did I build my veg plot at the end of my garden? Who in their right mind would want to spend every sunny evening traipsing about in the setting sun, playing fetch and carry at a relaxing pace, smelling the roses as they go.

Pass me a glass of wine and let me sit in despair at the fecundity going on around me.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 19:18

Aaaaw, that's a great shame BL

P.S I'd actually send you mine if I could. I'm not a huge lover of the brightly coloured clematis. When I got the Dr R it was in a deal, buy arch and get two celmatis free.

Mrs Bateman was first choice...but then OH wanted variety and that was really all they had left.

I lost a The President a few years back, I have an unflowering mystery one that's been nursed back to health, the usual jackmanii and Armandii versions and a beautiful nodding Alpina I bought last year. The star of my Clematis show is Josephine that survived a move earlier this year and a Pope John Paul II that's recovering from an accident that ruined last year's growth.

So, plenty room for more Clematis, I'm just a bit fussy as to colours.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 19:17

That's a really clever trick Andy.

I may need to borrow the idea as our council are about to supply wheelie bins although I am aggrieved that they now wish to charge for the removal of garden waste.

What DO I pay my poll-tax for?

HELP Please! Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 19:12

but you see punkdoc, you are there with your careful management.

Let's be honest, most garden worthy trees, shrubs and perennials would be thugs given half a chance or not had it knocked out of them by intensive-intensive breeding.

Us gardeners beautify the bold and conquer the onslaught of nature that would happily cover motorway in ten years without traffic.


HELP Please! Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 17:03

That's the one! Thanks nut...somehow I was confident you would know

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