Today I am going to take you on a tour of the back garden. We will start with the view from an upstairs window. The pots all round the pond are to keep the fish safe from the heron.
But let’s go outside and start the tour. If we start on the left hand side of the garden we will find a sunny bed that is mainly planted for summer interest.
The colour schemes here is mainly blue and yellow. There are a few interesting plants in flower now. I already showed you the lovely Arum creticum in my last post, but there are other treasures here. I love the charteuse yellow of the neat, compact Euphorbia polychroma.
Paeonia mlokosewitschii will soon be in flower.
I love this little late flowering, spotted violet: Viola sororia ‘Freckles’.
I can’t resist fringed tulips and this yellow one is a lovely fresh spring colour.
I also have the lovely little species Tulipa tarda at the front of this border.
As I said the colour scheme is my favourite blue and yellow and I have some lovely blue Muscari here. I love the two -tone Muscari latifolium.
But I am doing it again, showing you every flower instead of conducting a tour. So I shan’t show you the other Muscari now: on with the tour.
The bed you see here was very narrow when we came here just under 4 years ago so the first thing I did was to make it wider. You can never create much of an impact with a narrow border. Each year it gets a bit wider as I nibble off more and more lawn. It had lots of random curves in it and I have tried to make it into a more elegant ‘Hogarth’s Line of Beauty’ which is basically an elongated ‘S’ shape. The trouble is I am hopeless at edging.
In the photograph above you can see Magnolia ‘Star Wars’ underplanted with the dark pink Tulip ‘Negrita’.
There are some big mature trees at the back of this bed which have been there a long time. They were planted a bit too close together. The first is a crab apple: Malus ‘Golden Hornet.’ It is pretty in flower and has bright yellow fruit. I would never choose ‘Golden Hornet’ though because it hangs on to its fruit when they go brown. For a yellow fruited crab apple I would go for the lovely ‘Butter Ball’ or ‘Comtessa de Paris’ Anyway it is there now and one has to be grateful for mature trees. Next to it is Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Brilliantissimum’ which has shrimp coloured leaves right now.
It looks lovely growing right next to a large Amelanchier .
Squashed behind these trees is a Whitebeam which has lovely silvery white foliage in spring. The birch tree in the photo is in next door’s garden.
I love the variegated honesty; Lunari annua alba ‘Variegata’. It seeds around and comes true from seed. I like to grow it with this lovely tulip. I think it is ‘Purissima’ but I am not sure.
When the sun shines the tulip opens its petals and looks stunning.
Carrying on the pure white theme I have Exochorda x macrantha ‘The Bride’ here too. I think it is a stunning shrub and it is very easy to grow from seed if you have patience.
The deep blue forgetmenot type flower at its feet is Omphalodes cappadodica which I am very fond of at this time of the year.
Oh dear, I am doing it again, showing you all the flowers. I am afraid we are only going to get as far as the summer house today. Let’s go on a bit.
I am very fond of the tulip ‘Prinses Irene’. I love the orange contrasted with the purple flash and purple stem.
Carrying on the bronzey orange theme I love this gold laced Primula with Euphorbia dulcis ‘Chameleon’.
Finally a tulip which I think is particularly pretty but I am not sure which one it is. Can anybody tell me?
It has taken such a long time to get as far as the terrace that I shall have to continue the tour in another post.
In my next post I shall show you some long shots that my son took of the garden and you won’t have to stop to look at every flower.