One of the most enjoyable aspects of my work is developing Planting Plans for clients’ gardens. Sometimes however, plants have ideas of their own and create combinations which work better than anything planned. Three such situations have occurred in my garden so far this season.
Foxgloves have self seeded the whole way down one border and are now disporting their spires amidst swathes of Allium ‘Purple Sensation’. They look stunning, my only concern is that the Echinaceas which are the intended planting will not like being elbowed out of their space. So the current glory may well be at the expense of impact later in the season.
Less disruptively Cerinthe major purpurescens has tiptoed in among the Iris ‘Jane Phillips’. The blue, green and purple tones
of these two work well together and the form and foliage of each plants compliments the other. As the Cerinthe major purpurescens is a light footed annual it presents no threat to the Iris as it will flower, seed itself around and then be pulled out.
Cow parsley has crept through the yew hedge into the back of another border. It’s elegant white umbels look lovely with the Astrantias, Geranium phaeum ‘Album’, and dark red aquilegia. I will allow the cow parsley to stay but its ambitions will need to be kept in check.