Small Island

This bed is roughly a crescent shape 8m x 4m (at its widest part).

The intention is that there will be no automatic irrigation to this bed.  Plants chosen will tolerate draught or better will prefer low levels of summer water.

The bed was marked out in January 2009 and planting began that autumn.

My initial thought was to have this bed with only grasses but as there are grasses in every bed I decided to include some other plants though most do have linear leaves.

At present there are 2 Miscanthus that I will move in spring – they survive with little water but don’t perform at their best so I’ll move them to where they will be irrigated once a week.  Miscanthus planted in other positions that were irrigated once a week performed very well.

November 2010

The soil has now been mulched with lavender prunings


Achillea ‘Terracotta

Festuca glauca

Caesalpinia gilliesii


Euphorbia myrsinities

Euphorbia characias

Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron’

Kniphofia ‘Little Maid’

Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Little Bunny’

Pennisetum Villosum

Sedum Matrona

Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’

Stipa arundinacea

Stipa gigantea

Stipa tenuissima


Bulbs planted autumn 2010

Muscari armeniacum

Tulipa. Brown Sugar

T. Abu Hassan

T. Aladdin

Allium Mount Everest

Iris Bronze Queen

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