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Planting Combinations

Seasonal planting combinations I use in my garden.

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SPRING

The heady perfume given off by the creamy-white flowers of Clematis armandii (No.1), fill the small patio area that this combination borders. This easy to grow Clematis is the main feature of this scheme during mid Spring. Its starry flowers are set off by dark green lance shaped foliage. To the right of the clematis is the home to a family of Blue Tits (No.2). The Winter flowering honeysuckle, Lonicera fragrantissima and Hedera helix (common ivy), clothe their house. To the other side of the clematis (No.3), is a beautiful Japanese maple. This one is Acer palmatum ‘Aureum’. Next is the evergreen Euonymus fortunei, (No.4), perhaps not everyone's favourite plant but it’s spring foliage always looks exceptionally fresh after the gloom of Winter! The variety is good old ‘Emerald and Gold’. Notice how it’s exceeded it’s normal 50cm! This is because it has a wall for support. To the left is an evergreen variegated myrtle, Myrtus communis ‘Variegata’. If it’s leaves are crushed the smell released takes you straight to the Mediterranean! I feel the grouping of the euonymus and the myrtle works well, despite breaking the rule that variegated plants should not be combined! Perhaps it’s because the deep purple spring foliage of Prunus x cistena ‘Crimson Dwarf’ is the referee!

 

SUMMER

The association of plant forms and shades of green are all important for the visual impact of this part of the border (No.1). The weeping cherry was covered in the palest of pink flowers in spring and it’s shape contrasting with the more rounded mock orange is giving interest now. The sound of buzzing greets you as you approach the Escallonia (No.2)! It’s rich, warm pink flowers makes a pleasing combination with the cooler pink of the geranium. A weathered wooden bench sets the scene here (No.3). It’s set behind the pond amongst fragrant shrubs and wildflowers including love-in-a-mist, Mexican orange blossom, Jasmine and Osmanthus. The arum lily has to be one of the most striking of all plants (No.4)! I’ve set it against the fine, arching, bronze foliage of Carex flagellifera. The delicious fragrance from the deep pink flowers of this shrub rose, can be detected as you approach this little bed (No’s. 5 & 6). Apart from the rose the bed comprises; shasta daisy, the mock orange, P. ’Belle Etoile’, geranium, and Rudbeckia occidentalis, and is in keeping with the wild look of the garden!

 

 

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