Who’d have thought that the a visit to the Picasso Museum in Antibes would be a good place to remind me how to choose plants for a garden here in England.
The terrace at the museum overlooks the sea and despite being hot and dry, there are plenty of lush plants thriving there, because they love the conditions.
They’re all plants that shrug off the sun and wind that you get at the seaside, the leaves have a protective covering or are a certain shape that helps them to deal with the heat and strong sunshine.
These Pittosporum leaves have a waxy, shiny finish that helps to reflect the heat,
thin palm leaves have a small leaf surface so there’s less area to dry out,
and big fleshy leaves, like these cactus, store water.
The thing is to go with the situation and make sure that what’s planted will be happy in that particular space, most roses like sun and good soil, but woodland plants will grow best in shade.
I’ve got to know what our garden is like in the few months that we’ve been here, there’s sun and shade, the soil is very damp in places and less so in others, roses do well and so do azaleas, so it’s more acid than neutral.
There’ll be quite a bit of trial and error with the plants and I’ll experiment, though not with anything too expensive.
Happy gardening, Jill
all photos: Jill Anderson.