6 out of 10
Had a good long look at the terraced border this weekend.
It’s not bad for a first attempt, but could do better.
By my reckoning, there are three areas that need addressing:
Some of the plants are too tall for the space. Like the dark pink astilbes. As soon as they finish flowering I’ll chop them back and shift them up to the Precipitous Bank. Their proportions will be better suited up there.
Second, the border is flagging already. The hot weather hasn’t helped, but it’s in need of a few plants that will look fresh now and go on to extend the season.
Finally, the colour scheme was intended to be pink/purple, white and blue. It’s somewhat lacking in the blue. Once you have orange crocosmia, it would seem, you may have it forever. The middle level was completely choc a bloc with the stuff and I thought I had cleared it all out. Obviously not.
A border this close to the house should always impress. So I’ve decided to pick up on an idea from Jo at The Good Life. It’s simple and effective. Jo aims to visit a plant nursery every month of the year and pick out something that provides interest there and then.
This time around though there would need to be rules. Uncompromising rules. Any plant purchased to be less than 50 cms in height. And blue.
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Elegance Purple’
A dwarf variety. 30 cms.
Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’
Eryngium ‘Blue Hobbit’
Echinacea ‘Tomato Soup’
It’ll find a home. Somewhere.