Shrubs for Foliage
I decided I needed to find room for a couple of shrubs with interesting foliage to add a bit of substance to vases of flowers. This Pittosporum ‘Elizabeth’ was looking very pretty in a neighbour’s garden so I rounded one up for a border here and planted it in part-sun with protection from the garden wall-they resent windy conditions.
And at the bottom of the steps I’ve planted a Choisya ternata which has glossy, aromatic, evergreen leaves and the added bonus of spring flowers followed by a main flowering in late summer.
I spotted this beautifully marked iris basking against the warmth of a brick wall in a local car park. The strappy grey-green foliage is as dramatic as the flower and these plants although expensive to purchase can easily be increased by division after flowering. Lift the rhizomes with a spade and wash the soil from the roots then either split the clump with a knife or pull apart with your hands. Each new clump needs one good rhizome with roots and leaves to form a new plant. Trim the roots by up to 1/3rd and cut the foliage to 15cms to prevent wind rock. Plant in full sun with the roots in the soil and the rhizomes on the surface.
And on the allotment I picked this strange but delicious cauliflower which I planted as plugs last winter.
The cut flowers this week are Black Parrot tulips with Ajuga reptans in an old maroon jug.