I see the slope every time I come home; it forms the right side of the drive with the olive trees to the left.
I’ve written a lot in the past about how the slope was planted with plants that were already growing well in other parts of the garden and especially with plants that were happy enough to be self seeding. Looking at the planting now I find it very interesting how the different plants form colonies and drifts with little interference from me.
This, of course, is one of the currant trends in garden and landscape design; I’m pleased that I came to my decision without consciously following this trend but as the solution to a problem.
The slope is quite steep and so difficult to maintain, my aim is that eventually it will be mostly covered with shrubs that form ground cover and I won’t have to intervene at all, for now weeds do grow in the spaces and some of the herbaceous plants need cutting back when they’ve finished for the year.
I think I should grow more Salvias, they are sometimes slow to establish but once they have pushed their roots down into the tuffo, they will grow very large.
The poppies are closed in the evening light but during the day the slope positively glows with their bright orange and red.
I have just added some Sisyrinchium striatum from the woodland walk; it thrives here almost to the point of being invasive but I like the contrast their sword-like leaves add.
Salvia turkestanica appears in different spots each year as does Verbascum.
This area could have become a problem area if I’d tried to plant it in the same way as the rest of the garden but by allowing plants to mingle and form colonies it has become an ever changing source of great pleasure.
Do you have n area of your garden that was a problem area that you have managed to transform into an asset?