Flowering in the Magenta Border today 20th June

I haven’t updated what is flowering in the Magenta border for a while.  Lots of Asters are bulking up so I’m looking forward to a good show of them later on in summer; now the delicate foliage and interesting flat heads of Achillea is the main feature.

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Beyond the Magenta zone begins a predominantly yellow part of the border, I need to think of a biggish plant or maybe a line of grasses to visually separate the colours; maybe I could continue the Nepeta which would look fine with both colours, any thoughts?

Achillea

Achillea millefolum ‘Cassis

Achillea with visitor

Achillea with visitor

The Oleander was in the garden when we bought the house, I say “garden” it was planted in the rough grass; the poor thing had had its bark damaged by the strimmer on numerous occasions, and then I transplanted it twice; after all this time it has started to really grow; the damage to the bark has led the graft to break down so that most of the shrub is Magenta but there are a few taller stems of pale pink – not pretty.

Oleader

Oleander

In the background behind the Oleander is a large Salvia, nearly magenta in colour and then in front of the Philadelphus there is a truly Magenta Salvia I took as a cutting from a friend’s plant.  Once established the Salvia survive quite well, but they will need some water if it is as hot this year as it was last.

Oleader

Oleander

Magenta Salvia

Magenta Salvia

A spreading thug, but how can I dislike it?

A spreading thug, but how can I dislike it?

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Achillea millefolium 'Cassis'

Achillea millefolium ‘Cassis’

Achillea millefolium 'Cassis'

Achillea millefolium ‘Cassis’

Achillea millefolium 'Cassis'

Achillea millefolium ‘Cassis’

Achillea millefolium 'Cassis'

Achillea millefolium ‘Cassis’

Achillea millefolium 'Cassis'

Achillea millefolium ‘Cassis’

Lychnis coronaria

Lychnis coronaria

Hemerocallis

Hemerocallis

Allium Sphaerocephalon, not in the Magenta zone but I'm thinking of adding some for next year, I love this Allium

Allium Sphaerocephalon, not in the Magenta zone but I’m thinking of adding some for next year, I love this Allium

I hope you will join in with Garden Bloggers’ foliage day on Saturday 22nd, just a coupleof days away.  Write or show just one fabulous foliage plant or how foliage works for you in your garden; whatever you like.

33 thoughts on “Flowering in the Magenta Border today 20th June

  1. Love your thug, but you didn’t tell us what it is! Also love your Achillia Cassis, that looks very good through your border. I’m sure your oleander will be very happy now that it has a permanent home.

  2. Hi Christina! I love that yarrow, I tried it once and it died, so I now stick to the yellow ones that look more reliable to me. I vote absolutely yes for the allium addition but I suggest to re-think the nepeta, seen from the front side one sees yellow, blu and magenta, that could be even more clashing than yellow/magenta. Maybe you can try with a bushy silver leaved artemisia, silver gray makes a kind of a key feature in your garden and it always works well, indeed.

    • Thanks for the advice, I wasn’t thinking fof looking at it straight on, the path is narrow just there, but I agree with you nepeta could make it worse, it is shady under the Arbutus so silver foliage won’t be happy there, I’m leaning towardsa grass, maybe a bluish panicum, does anything spring to mind. Christina

      • Well artemisia Powis Castel would grow even in plaster I think but a panicum shall be an even better idea. The most famous bluish one is Heavy Metal, easy to find and very reliable. It rather tall, about 1,80 mt.

        • I have an A. Powis Castle but I’m not sure it is tall enough to make a division between the two areas; I also already have P. heavy Metal; its on the slope but it doesn’t grow that tall for me on my very free draining soil, so I could even divide and move those I have to see how it works. Thank you Alberto.

  3. Perhaps something white could be used to separate the two sections, although I can’t think of what to suggest. Like the allium–am trying to add more to my garden.

  4. Tall grasses would surely break up the two areas, but I like seeing into the distance as you can now. What about some orange sherbety tones between the yellow and magenta (much as it occurs in the Hemerocallus you show)?

    • If it is an Ischnomera cyanea, mine has much thicker legs that all the ones I looked at on-line. But it might be a related species, thank you for the suggestion. Will you keep your bees? Christina

  5. I am loving all the mass magenta. My vote is for grasses – or something tall and silver…a taller wormwood? Something with no color and tall so you cant see the yellow when looking in that, nor the magenta when looking in the other direction. And when you walk by the tall “separator” you have a nice little shock. Hey maybe even an evergreen shrub?

  6. I really like the idea of colour themed borders, but am never organised enough to plant one. I’m enjoying your photos instead – the salvia flowers are a beautiful colour.

  7. Non sono sicura di aver capito bene, la traduzione è molto confusa… Perché vuoi separare le due zone? Non stanno bene insieme giallo e magenta? Io ad esempio sono riuscita a fare un po’ “barriera” con la gaura per separare quelle rose rosse da quelle rosa. Anche l’idea di un arbusto sempreverde non è male.

  8. Beautiful, Christina. I particularly love the range of tones in the Achillea Cassis – one I keep thinking about adding to our garden.
    I quite like the though of something in really dark red between your magenta and yellow… a Knautia macedonica, or Cirsium rivulare perhaps. Though the nepeta would do it too…

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