Cathy at Words and Herbs asks us to join her by posting one view each week so we can assess progress through the year. Since she started the meme I’ve been posting a view of the Large Island looking towards the drive; however as that includes many evergreens the view doesn’t change as much as some other parts of the garden, so I’ve decided that as I will be working on improving the Left side border this winter it would be a better choice to share with you each week.
When I have some time I’ll search for some images to show how the border has changed since it was planted in May 2007, but for now let me introduce you to the border and the plants that are currently there.
A month ago almost everything that now looks green, looked dead or at least very unattractive.
The Pomegranate that was planted in May 2007 has thrived in the heat this year. There isn’t as much fruit as we have sometimes had but what there is is very good!
As in other parts of the garden Sedum is a plant I depend on to look good for much of the year. I want to take more (many more) cuttings next year so I can add them to the slope and extend the planting in other places. BTW on Gardeners’ World last Friday Carol Kleine suggested that cuttings of Sedum could be done now; does anyone have any experience of taking Sedum cuttings now? I did try a couple of years ago but wasn’t successful whereas cuttings taken in spring or summer are always easy and successful.
The recent rain has encouraged seeds to germinate around the whole garden including, of course, lots of weeds!
I intend leaving the Perovskia, it is very drought tolerant but does actually flower better when there is some water.
There are irrigation tubes laid in the border but I haven’t been using them. This year I watered using a hose. I only watered the plants that looked very stressed but plants like the Salvia, below, and Echinacea and a pink flowered, green-leaved Phlomis didn’t flower at all in August and continued to be extremely stressed despite my efforts to revive them.
I took some cuttings of the Salvia before going to England on 9th September and they were rooted by my return less than a week later. I will plant some in the cut-flower beds.
I planted the Pampass Grass last autumn and look forward to it making a statement with its plumes maybe next year.
The Agapanthus have been slowly creeping forward out of the shade created by the fast growing Melia. I intend dividing them this autumn as there weren’t many flowers this year. I also recently heard that Agapanthus need a lot of nutrients so they are strange in that they are supposed to like being congested but are also quite hungry plants – this strikes me as a rather strange combination.
The hedge behind the border is mostly Bay (Laurus nobilis); a small section is what the English confusingly call Laurel but is in fact Prunus laurocerasus ‘Rotundifolia’; for some reason there is a lot of die-back on the Prunus so I will remove it and re-plant with more Laurus nobilis and add some wind netting behind it to help protect it from the biting North wind in winter and also give some privacy from the field planted with Broccoli.
The border was widened considerably two years ago when I re-designed the the central beds; I feel that there isn’t enough variation of height and I would prefer more sustainable planting that looks good in summer. At the moment I am planning lavender, Teucrium (already planted with small cuttings 2 years ago), Santolina and possibly other silver foliage plants.
Do you have any suggestions? I’m always happy to have some input from my readers.
Sorry this was a bit long for a Tuesday view post; do visit Cathy to see how here view is changing with autumn.