I had a little photoshoot in my garden last week because I realised that there were lots of plants flowering their socks off.
I don’t rely on flowers as the most important part of a garden design, they can be quite short-lived, but they do bring colour and dynamism to the garden …….. and at this time of year are really prized.
It’s been a long old winter and we’re more than ready for any indication that it’s finally over and spring is on the way.
I pick just one or two choice blooms and bring them into the house to enjoy, they’re a lovely inspiration to have in my office.
You get the opportunity to see flowers close-up; esecially good for hellebores that usually grow looking downwards, so you can miss the glorious detail and subtle markings of the flower.
Hellebores need rich, well-drained soil in dappled shade, 40cm tall x 50cm.
Try out different cut flowers together to see what colours look good together.
then add another one …… periwinkle blue, acid green and bright yellow is a lovely combination.
This Iris unguicularis (Algerian Iris) is one of my favourite late winter flowers.
It needs well drained soil in a sunny position 40cm x 40cm.
These fabulously scented flowers are from a small, dome shaped, evergreen shrub called Daphne odora Aureomarginata.
It likes shade or dappled shade and soil with good drainage 150cm x 150cm
This is Bergenia Silberlicht, a low growing reliable evergreen perennial. The lovely marbled leaves showing belong to it’s neighbour, Arum italicum Pictum, a cultivated variety of a native plant, commonly called ‘lords and ladies’.
The leaves of the Bergenia are a handsome, dark glossy-green paddle shape.
Bergenias were often used by Gertrude Jekyll in her planting plans, though we’re lucky to have a much wider choice of Cultivars than she ever had.
They’ll grow in sun or shade and aren’t too fussy about soil type 45cm x 45 cm.
Please leave a comment and let me know which flowers you like.