NGS Open Garden
The great day has arrived and for the last of our 3 open days this year we are predicted a warm sunny afternoon-hurrah. The garden is looking pristine, paths swept, lawn cut, edges trimmed, beds weeded and, despite the dry summer, there is plenty to see. The view across the fields at the bottom of the garden is perfect through the window we have cut in the hedge.
Colour in August
Highlights in the drive bed include the salvias which have thrived in the hot dry summer, especially Salvia ‘Amistad’. Its deep purple tubular flowers contrast with the black calyces. I also enjoy the bright blue flowers of the shrubby Ceratostigma willmottianum and Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’ which the bees love. Cyclamen hederifolium have seeded around (helped by ants) and their flowers are set off by Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’ which I have just planted nearby.
The gravel bed has flourished this summer. Stipa gigantea is a perfect backdrop to the drought-tolerant planting. Scabiosa ochroleuca is a magnet for bees. The stiff orange tinged leaves of Libertia peregrinans (wandering Chilean iris) continue to wander. Self-seeded Cyclamen hederifolium have popped up here too.
White bells of summer
But my August highlight has to have been the slowly enlarging clump of Acis autumnalis which are over now. Such delicate little white bells- what a treat!