It was an absolute joy to see my client’s garden this week, one year on from the planting plan which has transformed a long sweeping border. Still young admittedly, but so beautiful and lyrical, the muted tones of purple and pink mingled alongside each other with scents filling the summer sun-filled air, all a big treat to my senses.
My eyes were darting through the lilac tinted mist created by the strewn flowering stems of Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’, a knock-out combination inter-planted with Rosa ‘Pretty Jessica’, which has a soft double English rose flower head with the most exquisite old rose perfume. Through time the border will continue to develop and I see now how further planting would benefit this planting scheme, especially in the vertical plane.
I think adding height will really lift the border. and by adding the beautiful soft whiteness of a Betula utilis var. jacquemontii ‘Silver Shadow’ this could really bring out the purple hues and add more than a touch of drama. The romantic feel comes from the combination of colours, movement and scents which combine beautifully together. I do love incorporating scent into a planting plan because it adds so much to a border, especially in the summertime. There is nothing like plunging your face into a beautifully yielding flower full of intoxicating perfume that makes you want to go back for more..
The main scent givers are Lavandula angusifolia ‘Hidcote Blue’, Cosmos ‘Chocamocha’, Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’, Rosa ‘Pretty Jessica’ and Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurascens’ (Purple Sage). If you would like to talk with me about a new planting plan for your garden please do feel free to get in touch.