Here is a video I put together of my garden in late June. Most of it was from the 26th.
I’m pleased with how colourful it’s looking. Pleased because colourful is perhaps the single most important quality I’m wanting from the garden. The colour mostly comes from flowers so there is the added dimension of it providing pollen and nectar for insects which add movement and more colour.
To keep the colour going in a small garden you have to use plants with a long flowering season. In the past that would have been provided by classic summer bedding but it’s a look that doesn’t seem to chime with the times. Penstemons, Dahlias, Alstroemerias, Salvias, Begonias, Fuchsias, some Geraniums plus a few annuals like Ammi and Ricinus provide the same service in a more informal way.
Most shrubs have a short flowering season, often in spring, and only a minority have a second string to their bow in the shape of colourful foliage or berries. They also tend to take up a lot of space. I have quite a lot, the Hydrangeas are flowering now, but I am fairly ruthless in not letting them take up more space in total than they do now.
I am fully aware, and totally unapologetic for the fact that it is a very busy, somewhat chaotic garden that is a collection of plants first and a garden second. One of the joys of gardening is that you can admire and enjoy a garden without the least temptation to reproduce it in whole or in part in your own patch. In a sense it’s the most selfish of activities; you make yourself a garden that gives you what you want, with no sense of the world watching over your shoulder. To the people who say you should do this and you should grow that I say blah!