What goes with what?

bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
Hi! image Ive recently made a border from stuff i had sitting around, some of it was stuff id brought for the inlaws, but never got chance to use it, so not really my taste. There is a red filbert, plummy herucherers, white campanula pyramidalis, pink roses and cream roses against the fence ( brother cadfel, genorous gardener and wild edric), everlasting sweet pea, foxgloves, hardy gerainium, white jap anemone and pampas grass, basically pinks, plums and white, maybe a bit of blue when the gerainiums flower. This border really dosent do it for me, it needs something else, but i dont know what, its also fairly shady, northish facing and heavyer soil. Any ideas? image


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,713

    Give it a splash of something acidy green like a euphorbia  http://www.sarahraven.com/flowers/plants/perennials-plants/euphorbia_amygdaloides_var_robbiae.htm 

    It's on the opposite side of the colour wheel to the colours you've already got


     and will provide contrast and a bit of zing. image


    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Thanks Dove, i was looking for a colour wheel that id seen in one of my mags, this is easier! image

    Never thought of green, i wonder if some of those green gladioli would grow there? I do have some bulbs coming up, but cant remember for the life of me what they are! image
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,713

    Green gladdies would be great - I've just looked on Sarah Raven's site - this Weld would be fabulous, dotted around and weaving through the bed  http://www.sarahraven.com/flowers/seeds/perennials/weld.htm 

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    A chap posted an id thread with one one yesterday i think, i love green and cream flowers, really regretting all this pink stuff i brought a few years back!

    I will make do with this border for a bit, but i think when ive got some pennies it will have to be re-homed image
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,650

    I love pink in the garden and have just planted up a whole section of border with shades of pink from pale to deep fuchsia to flower from spring to late summer.   It can sometimes need clear whites or purple shades to set it off and relieve the sugariness and a lot depends on foliage colour and textures too.

    However, the idea of gold or lime green is good and would be more modern.  If you have the space, try a shrub such as choisya ternata Sundance whose foliage is evergreen and golden/lime green and which would be happy in shade.   Alternatively, a big fat hosta Sum and Substance would be great but would die back in winter.    Astilboides likes shade and woud give large round, fancy edged leaves and tall, elegant plumes of masses of tiny, white flowers

    For a lower plant for front of border, try http://www.finegardening.com/golden-japanese-forest-grass-hakonechloa-macra-aureola%E2%80%99 which sways beautifully in a breeze and likes a shady spot.  Its stems are a pinky purple too so woud pick up with the pinks in your border.  It turns straw coloured in winter and just needs cutting back in spring and given a bit of a feed.   Another possibility would be hosta Gold Edger.

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  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Thanks for the tip on white flowers, i didnt know that image

    When i said pinks, i meant pink flowered thinks, had a mad thing for pink a few years ago, but am considering pinks because of the scent.

    The pampas is a stop gap til i get the lovely grass obelixx reccomened, i promise i wont let the pampas get big, no kids here either, but did find out how sharp the leaves are! image

    There is a winter garden developing a little further down that border which turns with the gravel path, needs a bit of sorting out too, i really wanted a cedrus deodara but think i may get a cornus kousa or similar now for the corner.

    Ive got cordyline (cabbage palm thnig) will that grow in semi shade in place of a phormium?

    The geraniums arent a problem, i can pull them out if they get too big, just something to fill a gap at the moment.

    Forgot to say ive also got a trachelospurm jasminodies and a acanthus in that bed, only moved the acanthus a few weeks ago, so still reasonably small but does have a flower. image

    The sun is mainly at the front of the bed, the back where the roses are is pretty shady until around 1ish image
  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Im going to put that other grass you reccomended in this bed obelixx image
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