Inspiration is needed to add late interest to the border that we have at the side by the farmers field. Shrubs have grown rather large and are making the perennials lean forward at an alarming degree. Lots of cutting back to do which will leave lots of space for more planting. A few days ago we decided to go to our nearest National Trust property, Killerton House, which dates from 1778 and is where generations of one of Devon’s oldest families, the Acland family, lived.
We had just started admiring the hot border when the heavens opened and with a bit of thunder thrown in, it was pouring down, so…….
off we dashed for a bit of refreshment! The shower lasted for about 10 minutes, so one hot chocolate later we resumed our tour of the garden.
Why are their stems of Lobelia Queen Victoria not eaten and chewed by slugs and snails like mine are?! I wish mine were standing tall and straight like this.
The cool border with pinks, blues and white was nowhere near as inspiring as the hot border, most of the flowers had gone over and there didn’t seem to be anything following on after the agapanthus apart from the pink roses.
The far end of the hot border had a magnificent group of Eupatorium purpureum, if only the sun had been shining, these would have been covered in bees and butterflies. Also there were some phlox and soon the sedum would be attracting bees and butterflies, competing with the eupatorium.
This is the far side of the hot border, this time planted with Persicaria in the foreground with Ligularia Desdemona behind and to the left, dahlias and heliopsis.
By the side of the house where the tea room is, is another large border where we discovered this large group of beautiful white Japanese Anemones, they were stunning, but couldn’t help thinking that they were such a large group, what would be in this spot earlier in the year to keep the interest going. I decided in the end, that if it was me, I would have planted lots of spring bulbs underneath.
Lots more perennials in the house border.
There were lots of groups of asters dotted along the border, waiting for the sunshine to bring in all the bees and butterflies.
Tall white Agapanthus on the corner by the Tea Room. The borders had lots of late flowering perennials and bulbs, lots of inspiration for me and ideas to take home.
The view over the fields of the estate from the garden looks peaceful and pastoral, no problem with the cattle trying to get into the garden, there is a ha-ha where the mown grass stops.
For anyone who isn’t used to the term ha-ha, it is a ditch in front of a wall to stop sheep and cattle invading the formal garden. It means that the view across the garden into the countryside is uninterrupted by a fence or wall, an idea which was used a lot in the 18th century. Here they seem to have done a belt and braces job, there is an electric fence as well !
Time to leave, out through the shop and plant area in the old stable yard, time to be tempted!!
So many to choose from…….
…..but the one that came home with me was this one, Rudbeckia Little Gold Star. It is smaller than the usual Rudbeckia and has masses of small flowers so of course I was tempted and soon it will be planted in the garden here. I have seen lots of various bees enjoying it already but hopefully it won’t be too long before the butterflies find it.
We really enjoyed our visit to Killerton where inspiration was available for all those searching for it. They had plenty of flowers carrying on the gardening year so hopefully in years to come, the garden here will look just as good, well I can dream can’t I ?!