Planning planting combinations

DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,725

I'm planning a new bed for the front garden - alkali, west facing on good loam but a bit of a frost pocket.  The bed is going to be roughly L-shaped with a trellis 'fence' behind one 'leg' which hides the bins. The 'leg' across the front of the house will be 4m x 1.5m and  the other leg will be 3m x 2m at it's widest, but mainly 3m x 1m because of the bins behind the trellis.  

I have some plants I have been saving for this bed - one particular one is a special Bearded Iris Boxford Spice - this was hybridised by the late Ellis Carpenter whose daughter is my daughter's friend - it's not commercially available and I'm very lucky to have some rhizomes which are being kept for me image  It's a wonderful mix of colours, magenta/gold/browny-bronze and creamy-tan details here  http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/132261/#b .  My idea is for this to be at one end of the bed near the front door, Paeonia mlokosewitschii http://www.lathyrus-seed.com/paradise/flowers/mlokosewitschii.html  will live nearby and Clematis viticella Purpurea Plena Elegans http://www.taylorsclematis.co.uk/clematis-purpurea_plena-elegans.html   will be behind them. 

At the other end I will have  Clematis Daniel Deronda http://www.taylorsclematis.co.uk/clematis-daniel-deronda.html  and Clematis Will Goodwin http://www.taylorsclematis.co.uk/clematis-will-goodwin.html and possibly a pink one will look good there too along with my Rosa glauca (thank you Fidget)   http://www.davidaustinroses.com/english/Showrose.asp?Showr=259 .

Any suggestions for other plants to go with these?

I'd quite like some height - something tall which would look good from the west facing window at sunset perhaps?  And I'd like something to give winter interest - maybe Cornus Midwinter Fire?

What do you think?

Oh, I forgot, there's also a Viburnum Bodnatense Charles Lamont to fit in somewhere image

 

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  • scrogginscroggin Posts: 2,080

    Hi Dove, I would'nt pretend that I could give you any advice on planting plans(the veg plot is my domain) but my better half has got me to appreciate the flower borders over the years.

    We make regular visits to  Wisley and one of the plants we both love is the Actaea simplex, good for adding some height.

    Look forward to seeing the replies on this thread and the final result.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,725

    You're right Verdun - exciting!!!  I like the sound of your ideas - will have to do some googling and drawing and colouring in image

    Can't find Taxus Coppershine - sounds lovely but can't find it anywhere on the web image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,725

    And Cornus alba aurea is one that I had been thinking of but couldn't remember it's name - I thought it would probably look good in the summer in front of the violet-blue of Clem. Daniel Deronda - but what to underplant with for the spring when it's been cut back ????

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • scrogginscroggin Posts: 2,080

    Hi Verdun, I have seen the Acteas growing in the main border at Wisley and that is pretty sunny, they also grow them on the border alongside Battlestone hill which is shaded so maybe still a possibility?image

  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    Dove, no input from me, I've been poor at  planning, too many impulse buys. Things that I think look good together in this garden have arrived in location by luck.

     I've quite a few plants that need re-locating. Some will be going, which isn't something I'd have done before joining the forum and reading about all the lovely plants available. I used to try to like certain plants that I have because they had performed but now I appear to have become critical. image 

    Will really look forward to seeing your new bed as it developsimage

     

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,725

    Verdun, I love frikarti monch - it's on my Wanted List - and I have geranium rozanne so can propagate that for the front garden image.  I don't know Verbena rigida, but having googled it looks fabulous.  And there might just be a space for hackonochloa  - and then of course, there's a certain dahlia to take pride of place image  That'll look good against something with dark bronzey-black foliage image

    It's really good to bounce these ideas around - there's so much choice - sharing ideas helps me to focus image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
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