Only a few days until Christmas, and much as I love the winter silhouette of the garden and the glorious frosty scenes that we’ve had here recently, I came across this photo of a lush, green garden and it made me long for spring.
It’s such a lovely, fresh vibrant combination and I thought you’d like to see it as a taster of what we can look forward to, and maybe you’ll get some ideas for your garden.
The border comprises:
3 Tree ferns ( Dicksonia antarctica):
These provide the structural element of this border. Their growth is very slow, only an inch a year, and prefer a sheltered, shady spot. They really don’t like hard frosts and snow, like we’ve had in recent winters. I pack straw around the crown of mine, then wrap it in hessian.
Ultimately they’ll reach 2 – 4 metres high.
Ladies mantle (Alchemilla mollis):
Are the frothy plants to the right of the tree ferns. They’re also happy in shade and have lovely pleated leaves and lime green flowers in summer. Like most herbaceous perennials, they disappear in winter and re-appear the following spring.
75cm wide x 60cm high.
Are the plants with green flower spike on the left, they flower in early summer.
30cm wide x 80cm high.
I like the way that the different shades of green make such a cool restful composition, lifted by the contrasting of the plants.
Tomorrow is the shortest day of the year, so the daylight will be gradually lengthening and the garden will eventually respond by stirring into life… lots to look forward to.
photos: Jill Anderson