After a cold May we are hoping for some warmer weather this month, although for the more ephemeral beauties such as poppies and irises, the cool temperatures are a blessing, keeping the show going for longer.
The Gravel Garden
Purple Allium (flowering a few weeks later than usual due to the cold weather), oriental poppies and irises are among the star performers in early June. The bright red Tulipa sprengeri is the last of the species tulips to flower. Carpets of thyme and soft, silvery lamb’s ear, weave through mounds of lavender, wallflowers, Cistus, catmint and sage. Phlomis tuberosa ‘Amazone’, with it’s purple stems, carries whorls of soft lilac flowers and makes a good vertical accent, as do the bright magenta flowers of Gladiolus communis ssp. byzantinus. Towards the back of the border Crambe cordifolia produces a cloud of tiny white, gypsophila-like flowers. Annual poppies, love-in-the-mist and the creamy Californian poppy are allowed to self seed, as they are easy to thin out or remove if they appear in the wrong place. Omphalodes linifolia, with its glaucous leaves and small white flowers, is another very useful and pretty “filler”. Self sown or scattered, it quickly fills any empty gaps. The agaves have now been planted out, after having spent the winter inside a frost-free green house.
The Water Garden
Below Beth’s house, the pineapple broom, Cytisus battandieri makes a strong feature, with its silver-green, laburnum-like foliage and cone-shaped clusters of yellow, pineapple-scented flowers. Two shrubs that always attract attention are the purple-leafed elder (in the canal bed beside the bridge) and Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’. Elsewhere, Gunnera, Hosta, Darmera and Miscanthus provide lush foliage around the ponds, while Astilbe, Iris, Euphorbia, Filipendula and Hemerocallis add bursts of colour.
In The Woodland Garden,
climbing hydrangea and roses reach for the sky, Veratrum send up candelabras of small star-shaped, greenish-white flowers, while the Turk’s cap lily produces small, nodding, purplish-pink flowers. Also in the wood is Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’, an attractive foliage plant for dappled shade.
In the Scree Garden Beth’s collection of succulents is on display.
A big Happy Birthday to Beth, who is celebrating her 90th Birthday this month.