Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Terrace talk - shorter plants
The planting continues whenever it is not raining or freezing - the pond has been covered with ice for a couple of weeks now. It seemed scarcely possible but yet another lorry load of plants has been delivered and the task is not even half done yet - at least 500 plants are already in the ground.
The texture and 'movement' of the planting scheme is enriched by using some shorter - but still structural - plants. These are not just the ever-present lavender and dwarf rosemary but also a shorter Artemesia, Senecio, a low growing Hypericum and the silver leaved Convolvulus cneorum. I count Perovskia and Caryopteris as short plants because they get cut to ground level in spring but add useful tall blue and silver effects in late summer and autumn.