This year the Perovskia in the formal beds at the front of the house did not do well. I mulched the ground heavily to suppress weed growth and I think it must have been too acid; the plants haven’t grown as much as in other years and are only now beginning to flower well. The lateness of flowering is, I’m sure, also due to the exceptionally hot summer.
This is a bonus as the blue haze when I look out of the windows is very much appreciated now.
In the above image you can see where some of the lavender may be dead, I’m relieved to see that there is a lot of new growth on most of the hedge.
Here you can see the symmetry; taken from the centre of the front door. The pre-existing bay block at the back of the garden isn’t central, I’ve added a couple more plants but they need to grow to reach the height if the original before their presence will be felt. The Walnut trees are happily placed more or less centrally to the beds on each side, I also want to divide the Miscanthus ‘Morning Light’ so there are four in front of the Bay.
Stunning, I love this part of your garden! So glad I read this – I’ll be careful not to over-mulch mine.
Very pretty. I like all the soft greens and blue.
There are lots of blue flowers in the garden at the moment. Christina
Christina, every time I look at your formal garden I am in awe. It is incredible. I just love it…how well planned! BLOWS MY MIND! and you know I love those colors 🙂
I admire this so much! Seeing this area from different viewpoints really makes me see how successful your plan is–it works from all levels.
Beautiful. I love how you have cut the lavender! And the perovskia inside is just stunning. Love the design!
I love the soft bluey colour of perovskia and it looks so good en masse like that. Loving the autumnal light as well. It’s so amazing what plants can cope with. When I think of the temperatures you’ve had this summer and your garden looks so beautiful.
Christina, I love this combination green cut bushes and blue lavender and perovski, it looks very pretty!
I do love your formal garden. The symmetry and your restraint of planting create a wonderful restful space.
Love the formality, so pleased that your garden is coming to life again after your summer. Blue is my favourite colour so I would love a mass of perovskia like yours, but not in my clay unfortunately!
looks to be recovering well. The quiet colours and formal symmetry must be soothing after the summer heat.
I enjoy the symmetry more and more; if I’m honest I like the lavender best when it has just been pruned, much more than even the wonderfully perfumed flowers. Christina
That misty mauve/blue of Perovskia is unique, isn’t it? I love it but it hates me and won’t grow. I do like the design of your formal garden, just using a few plants to great effect. I’m not there yet in my garden design, I’m too greedy for too many different plants!
Hi Lyn, I love the calmness of the formal garden and I am lucky to have space to indulge myself plant wise elsewhere in the garden, although I am liking more and more to have lots of repetition and big drifts of one plant. Christina
I love seeing this garden and it is spectacular even after your awful summer…these plants seem to be hardy enough to bounce back and delight us all…formal gardens take lots of work and I know as a visitor I so appreciate all the work you do in your garden…just lovely Christina!
Thank you Donna, actually the formal garden is probably less work than some of the other areas. Trimming the lavender doesn’t take too long and the Perovskia is cut almost to the ground in early spring with a hedge trimmer so again not so bad. I love the contrast with the rest of the garden. Christina
Your formal garden is perhaps my favorite part of your garden! I love the sweep of the Perovskia and the lovely blue haze it creates. And the lavender is my dream plant, which must remain only in my dreams. Why is it we so often admire most what we cannot have?
It is true we enjoy those plants that are never going to be happy in our own gardens, but by growing the ‘right plants’ we ensure that we will enjoy what we have! Christina
I do love the strong contrasts in colour and texture, formality and informality. And now I can drool over your perovskia in the knowledge that finally it is a plant I can grow myself!