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.