Garden Notes for Next Year
September 12, 2015
- Don’t overcrowd plants
- Grow strong-coloured tulips only: red, coral, purple. They provide a much needed pop of colour after a long winter. Pale pink just won’t do.
- Grown more of muscari and daffodils. They’re wonderful and last forever.
- Find of the year: Anemone coronaria ‘Sylphide’. Stunning!
- Bees loved: clarkia, lavender, foxglove, mondarda, salvia viridis, alliums and lupin.
- Californian poppy didn’t quite work… The colour clashed with everything else.
- Plant cleome in the right-hand border, it looks better sideways.
- Salvia patens has the most amazing colour – grow closer to the kitchen window in the right-hand border
- Start tomatoes and chillies at the end of January. They take forever to produce fruit.
- Good colour combinations: French lavender, forget-me-not and Peace rose in sping, white pompom dahlia and crocosmia Lucifer in summer.
- Dahlias are the easiest plants to grow and flower for months.Taller than expected, plant at the back of the border. They look great with cosmos.
- Plant hollyhocks quite deep, otherwise they topple when fully grown
- Diascia worked pretty well in the shade in the front garden. Plant again.
- Plant more flowers for autumn colour. Yellows and reds are going to work quite well at this time of the year. Echinacea is fantastic as well – plant in bigger clumps for better effect.
- Try more red, deep purple and yellow roses. Pink roses are a bit boring.