At last! Today was the day I felt my flower garden was finally starting to happen.
Whilst out this afternoon at RHS Harlow Carr, I bought a Heuchera. It caught my eye because of the beetroot colour of the leaves. Even better, when I read the label, it said ‘evergreen’.
I had had a hunch already that having evergreen plants in my small garden would be the most suitable. I don’t want to be forever planting in order to have some colour, basically. Then, coincidentally, just before buying the plant, I was reading in a book (Fisher, S. 1998 ‘Essential Plants for Small Gardens’) that evergreens were the ideal for a garden my size. Bingo!
That said, I’m not sure how evergreen the second plant I put in today is: Dianthus Diamond, acquired last summer at Kew Gardens. It does, however, say on the label that it flowers in winter. Funnily enough, though, it has one lone flower on it at the moment. Particularly odd, considering it is looking bedraggled after overwintering in a tiny pot on the patio.
Anyway, hopefully now the dianthus will flourish. Having moved the compost bin the other day, it was time to take out the purple sprouting broccoli which have been residing in the flower garden since last summer and put them in it in order to make space for my ornamentals……
© Helen Butt, May 2014