The planting below takes up approximately one square metre (ten square feet) of space. It is just one part of three raised beds in my woodland garden at the front of my house. It contains a number of shade loving plants that provide a continuously changing tapestry of interest throughout the year. The slideshow below shows you what each of the plants is and its season of interest.
There is something particularly classy about white flowers when they grow in isolation from other colours, especially when set off by evergreens and foliage plants. … read more
I chose these bulbs for their fairly monochrome hues which suit the colour scheme of our house. The narcissi are small, scented, delicate flowered … read more
The snowdrops have been showing for more than a week, but today – (Feb 17th) – the watery sunshine is making the air throb… … read more
Here is a view across part of the green roof, showing how far it has come on since my last Green Roof update. The plants have become establishes, and I have added many new plants which are all thriving in just 7 to 13cm of soil, with only occasional watering – once or twice per month – to help them through their first year.
Woodland gardens are often spring events, as many plants scramble to flower and set seed in the brief window of opportunity before the overhead leaves … read more
Only a couple of months after planting and the thrift is in flower. The Ice plants (Sedum spectabile) are fleshing out into stocky clumps with their old seed heads still providing textural interest and contrast. The clump of pale green grass in the mid-right foreground is Carex ‘Evergold’, to the far left Festuca glauca. The seed heads towards the top are from the white Pasque flower (pulsatilla vulgaris ‘Alba’) which I added a few weeks ago.
Spring is finally underway in the woodland garden after the longest and coldest winter for thirty years, but you have to get down on … read more