Keep it Simple
I am inspired by this front garden planting where the lavender has nothing to compete with and is simply soaking up the sun. It lines two sides of a paved square 3 m x 3 m with a pendulous tree in the centre, possibly Salix Caprea, and with a path up to the front door. The refuse bins were out for collection so I was unable to photograph the whole thing but what a brilliant solution for interest and low maintenance. The paving gently slopes towards the plants to keep them watered when it rains.
Good planting doesn’t have to cost a fortune and can be really easy to manage as here with Centranthus ruber ‘Albus’ growing next to Cheiranthus ‘Bowles Mauve’ through pea shingle and self-seeding. It’s a small public space with a bench at the end for people to sit and enjoy the view.
Then round the corner on a pedestrian walkway Pyracantha is in flower and with bright orange berries to follow in Winter. It’s planted in a bed 30 cm wide against a brick wall and relies on rainfall and not much else and is thriving.
On the allotment a bed of onions is now lifted to make room for Purple Sprouting Broccoli. I forked the ground over then dug a trench and lined it with chopped comfrey leaves before drawing the soil back and planting the PSB.
And the purple peas are flowering steadily and as soon as the pods fill they’ll be picked.
Phlomis fruticosa makes a great cut flower especially at the stage before the flowers have fully opened.
These were picked on the allotment with the Nigella ‘Love in a Mist’ and by the time they were placed in the jug the phlomis had bent double and drooped. However six hours later they were upright again and the lime green leaves and fat green balls look stunning mixed with the blue nigella.