Shamelessly pinching the idea from Patient Gardener Helen, I am going to do this months eomv as a walk around our small patch of Cornwall. I’ve put a map at the bottom of the page showing where you are for each photo.
(1) If you came through our side gate this would be your first view of the garden proper. We have a lot of plants in pots, mostly Fuchsias on the left here, Salvias to the right. We’re going to turn sharp left and go behind the greenhouse.
(2) The border on the left is quite shady; that’s Camellia ‘Mystique’ on the left, a very pretty reticulata variety. Just before the arch is Camellia ‘Nightrider’. The arch supports Holboellia brachytricha. Miscanthus on the right, flopping as usual.
(3) Just through the archway is the shadiest part of the garden, with a large oak on the boundary to the left of picture. There was a massive Eucalyptus too, but it was felled a year or so ago. Part of my Camellia collection is in pots to the left, with several more in the ground. Planting is of shade lovers, ferns, Disporum, Convallaria and so on.
(4) I put this arch up to provide somewhere for climbers. Sweet peas and a clematis this year. The bamboo is Phyllostachys aureosulcata ‘Spectabilis’, which fared badly last winter with many canes leaning erratically. The gold spiraea was a seedling we named after my neice Abigail.
(5) The opposite view to the previous picture. The apple tree by the arch is a late flowering variety called Suntan, the young tree in the foreground is a belated attempt to give it a pollinator. There’s a self sown Echium in there and Fuchsias providing late colour.
(6) Anemanthele going mad at bottom right, surrounding Apple Red Windsor. Pink Nerines are flanked by scarlet and orange Dahlias. Dull it isn’t.
(7) Obviously you want to know what’s in the tunnel and the answer is mostly young camellias. Tomatoes were a bit of a disaster this year.
(8) One of our favourite tricks is to create seating areas, then fill them full of plants. There’s a paved half circle the length of the glasshouse under there. Miscanthus Septemberot to the right of the hose reel. Pittosporum Silver Magic in a pot.
(9) I think it best to let this picture speak for itself.
(10) I like to use strongly architectural plants at the corners of beds and as focal points. Chionochloa rubra has been here a long time, it is right across the path which is a pain when it’s wet, but I wouldn’t be without it. The emerald green just left of centre is Zingiber mioga. It’s producing its ground level flowers at present but they’re well hidden.
(11) Zingiber again. Lobelia laxiflora has sprawled across the path and almost never flowers. Probably going to go. Schefflera taiwanensis top left, Paesia scaberula, a very fine leaved New Zealand fern, in the centre.
(12) Shady corner where I have most of my ferns. Not as shady as it used to be due to a tree dying. I’ve raised the skirts of the conifer to let light in beneath it, but it’s desperately dry. The cyclamen were probably a mistake.
(13) View to the centre of the circle, Stipa gigantea doing corner duties, Hakonechloa All Gold behind the circle. The tree left of the bamboo is Magnolia Heaven Scent.
(14) Pittosporum Elizabeth is the foliage at the left, under it Muhlenbeckia astonii. Amaryllis belladonna is the splash of bright pink. Astelia chathamica, aka Silver Spear, is the massive mound in the middle. Below it is another Hakonechloa, Mediovariegata. The shrub is Camellia Minato-no-akebono, a scented lutchuensis hybrid which even at this time of year still has red young leaves at the shoot tips. Behind it is Dahlia Orange Cushion.
(15) This little bed is flanked by Astelia and Euphorbia mellifera. It has always been a struggle to get things to grow well in it for reasons we don’t entirely understand. The Cistus, planted this year, seems happy enough, as do the Osteo’s. I’ve blocked it out with Sweet Williams to provide some early summer colour. The shrub behind the Astelia is Leptospermum rupestre, which is why it’s terrible shape is tolerated.
(16) Another view in to the centre of the circle. Taxus Standishii to the left.
(17) The fairly shady bed with most of my Hakonechloa’s in it. I have seven varieties, six in here.
(18) This 10 x 6 has my mist unit at the back. Quite a few camellias on it at the moment. All our non-hardy fuchsias get stuffed in here for the winter, like under the bench on the left.
(19) This is the lean-to on the north facing back of the house. Not ideal for pelargoniums but they do OK. It’s basically half a Clearspan pro greenhouse and it’s great.
(20) Lastly, a picture taken at the other end of the day. Decking cleared and power-washed. A second bench in the glasshouse and most of the fuchsias cut down and brought in. A rare feeling of being on top of part of it for a short while.
I’m off now to virtually visit the gardens of other contributors to The Patient Gardeners end of month meme.