The plants here have grown quite a bit in the last month.
The Mesembryanthemums, Euphorbia, Arctotis and Convolvulus are flowering, as well as the golden Sedum, which is now positively identified as ""Gold Mound". I removed the mildewed violas around the Oleander and replaced them with Lobelia "Blue Moon" which picks up the blue theme from the Euphorbia, Convolvulus and the watering can.
Thanks to all of you who suggested a blue plant here. The Oleander itself hasn't grown as much as I expected, so I hope it wasn't affected by the mildew.
I'm really happy with the three plants in this pot:
The two Origanums and the Sedum look great together, and it's a combination I'd like to repeat in a garden somewhere. These plants will all grow too wide to live comfortably together in the pot long term, but if I spread them out in a garden, I can pot up smaller pieces to renew the potted arrangement when I need to.
This garden is giving me a lot of pleasure, and looks good from several angles. Here is the view looking across it to the garden near my pond:
You can see I still haven't done anything about fixing the gravel. Now that I really look at the concrete under the gravel, it has acquired some interesting markings and colours. It has lost the glaring white look it had years ago, and I'm considering just taking up the gravel and not replacing it. I can enhance the aged look of the concrete if it's still too white. Hopefully this will happen by the end of next month.
The developments here are exciting. This is an area that was very shaded and also dry, but after removing a Hazelnut tree and a very thick carpet of Vinca major it gained some sun and lost some root competition. We have now removed another tree just west of this area so it is in full sun and I am taking advantage of this in the plantings. Last month there were only two plants here, both roses. Now it looks like this:
I decided to go with really bright colours here and chose plants that should join up and form a sort of tapestry. I've even put pink and orange together, something I thought I'd never do, but I think it will work, and it makes me happy whenever I see it. You can't see all the plants - some are too small and some are behind the rose and behind the stump, but here's a list of what I planted and a few close-ups.
2 x Salvia "Wendy's Wish"
3 x Calibranchoa "Coral Chimes"
3 x Gaura "Passionate Pink"
1 x Artemisia "Valerie Finnis"
1 x Sedum spectabile (unknown seedling)
7 x Celosia Compact Mix (Yellow and Orange)
7 x Celosia Compact Red
2 x Sedum "Gold Mound"
3 x Sedum purpurea
1 x Persian Lilac (white)
1 x Convolvulus mauritanica
1 x Oregano "Country Cream"
1 x Campanula poscharskyana
I bought some of these plants, but about half are seedlings or rooted pieces from my other gardens.
When we had the second tree cut down, a branch fell on the rose that I think is "Mister Lincoln", breaking off most of the branches. I was upset, as this rose has survived for years growing up through the Hazelnut to try to reach the sun, and now it finally had a chance to thrive. I thought losing the branches would set it back for a long time, but look what has happened, in just two weeks:
This rose is a fighter.
And now we come to the area where not much has changed:
I've been thinking a lot about the bed behind the steps and I think I've finalised the plants I want to put here, but it's going to have to wait. We have decided we really need to paint the house, so I don't want to plant anything on the wall or below it until that's done, which could be a while. I may put in some annuals just to give it some colour. Cosmos might work, and wouldn't cost much. Chocolate Cosmos, I think, to provide a dark background.
As for the spot in front of the steps, there is some good news. Removing the second tree has given this spot almost full sun, so I have decided to forget about trellis and plant a shrub here. I want an evergreen and am thinking a Ceanothus would fit the bill nicely, giving some colour before the other flowers get going, and then providing a nice dark green background. The Acanthus here has grown up a lot from last month, but it doesn't cover the steps and will now need to be moved to a shadier spot anyway. A Ceanothus or maybe two will fill the space easily.
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