Last year the Sunset border had a bit of a makeover. Over the past 12 months plants have grown and some have set seed, making themselves really at home in the border that catches the last rays of the setting sun from now until September.
Thinking about it, any colour belongs in a sunset border. When looking at a beautiful sunset, you can usually see so many different colours and no two nights are the same.
Yellow cowslips, Primula veris, seed around without hesitation and make new plants to move to different parts of the garden. They are joined by yellow Meconopsis cambrica, Welsh Poppy, a little purple violet and the spiky orange leaves of Libertia perigrinans.
Here we have English bluebells, Hyacinthoides non scripta keeping company with the Libertia. In the background are more Welsh Poppies and a white Dicentra.
Pink and orange together, well yes, they are together in a sunset, so why not in a border!
The orange is Geum Totally Tangerine and …..
…..and the pink is one of the original rhododendrons that was here before us.
The purple heuchera makes it look as though the storm clouds are gathering.
White Dicentra is joined by seedling welsh poppies, cowslips and bluebells.
Near the front of the border is Lamprocapnos spactabile, only quite small as yet, but then it is a new plant, it will grow.
Carpeting the ground in one small area is Ladies Bedstraw or Gallium odoratum. In olden days it was used as a strewing herb on the floors of houses to get rid of nasty smells! Only about 6 inches tall but does have a habit of spreading. My only other bit of this plant is in the woodland, so I don’t know how it got here.
The two plants that are gently seeding around the border are the Welsh Poppy and….
……the Bluebell. I will have to keep an eye on both of them as they can sometimes go mad and spread too far. So far so good.
The Sunset border, it’s starting to come together, I think.
Do you agree that anything goes in a sunset border? There are a couple of roses , hydrangea, crocosmia, day lilies, Geranium Rozanne, Digitalis, Dutch Iris and a couple of grasses to come later. We have already had snowdrops, crocus, narcissus, pulmonaria, bergenia and hellebores so far, I’m trying to make it a border having interest for most of the year.
I had already prepared this post, so thought I would publish it anyway, but now I’m afraid I will be missing for a while. Unfortunately my lovely hubby, the undergardener, is losing his battle with cancer. I took him to hospital 3 weeks ago and it turned out he had developed pneumonia which has now been treated. A recent scan has shown that his cancer has spread again and now there is nothing that can be done for him. Hopefully he will be coming home this weekend and we will try to make his last few weeks as comfortable as possible. Obviously gardening and blogging will have to take a back seat for some time, but when I feel up to it, I will be back .