add a background of sharp lime green, like these euphorbia and it’ll really come alive.
also known as grannys bonnet or columbine:
they’re easy to grow from seed, and will spread their seed around after flowering and pop up the following year, or you can collect the seed and sow it yourself exactly where you want it to grow.
Happiest in dappled shade, they grow best in rich soil, but will manage in less than perfect conditions, they make good cut flowers too.
are perennials, which means they fade away in late autumn and grow back next spring. They have a lot of growing to do each season, and need plenty of chunky compost or well rotted manure in the planting hole and again as a mulch in early spring.
Slugs and snails love the soft new growth that emerges when they start growing, so you’ll need to take precautions against this. Choose either:
- a physical barrier like plastic collars ( I make mine from milk cartons or plastic bottles),
- or use a biological slug killer like Nemasys, it’s environmentally safe, so a much better option than those blue slug pellets which are harmful to children, birds and pets.
Ammi majus ( Bishops weed)
with lacy flowers and ferny foliage, it’s perfect for the white element.
Easy to grow from seed, it’s also a wonderful cut flower and attracts bees and butterflies.
Feel free to choose any blue and white plants that have plenty of fresh, green foliage, just make sue they all like growing in the same conditions.