My garden has changed it’s clothes over the past few weeks, from shades of yellow in spring to various shades of blue and purple.
Purple Allium flowers are really enhanced by a background of the fresh, bright green growth of Yew
they look slightly different against a background of the soft green of new Sage leaves
or the acid green of Euphorbia.
I grew these Euphorbia oblongata from seed a few years ago
and they happily seed themselves around the garden each Spring.
I just pull up the ones that have chosen the wrong place to grow. If they’re small enough they can easily be transplanted to a more appropriate spot in the garden, or shared with gardening friends.
They’re a great addition to flowers for the house too. You just need to sear the stems in hot water to stem the flow of sap, the milky white sap can irritate your skin, so take care and wear gloves.
I can’t pass on the names of the Iris’s, I forgot to make a note of them when I planted them, so slapped wrist for me.
My top tips are:
- think about the background colours when you add new plants to the garden
- background colours change through the seasons, one of the joys of gardens
- make a note of the names of plants when you buy them
Images: Jill Anderson