Echinacea ‘Big Sky’
The garden gate and fence is looking a bit clunky and orange at the moment, but it should gradually fade to grey over time and be covered with climbing plants.
As well as jasmine the garden designer also suggested an ampelopsis which I’d never heard of but which looks very pretty and unusual.
On your left as you come up the steps you will see a berberis Royal Cloak . I wanted to have a barberry in that position and I’m glad we put one in as it echoes beautifully the purples and pinks of the garden beyond.
Continuing Continuing on your left are two espaliered apple trees which form a fence and mark the boundary of the tiny vegetable garden that the Minx and I are going to create.
This part of the garden looks a heck of a lot better when there isn’t an electric blue PT Cruiser parked in the driveway.
I first came across the idea of using espaliered trees as fences when we went to visit the bulb fields in the Spring (here they are fencing off a carpark, not in my garden), so I was thrilled that they could be incorporated into the garden scheme.
I’m very excited about these trees as they have each have four types of apple on them – Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala and Fuji. Only the Golden Delicious look like they’ll be fruiting this season though.
The area to the left of the tree is currently one of the most colourful parts of the garden as it includes a very happy croscosmia Emily Mackenzie (and a very unhappy brown specimen beside her)
and some echinacea purpurea magnus behind her in the raised bed behind the tree.
Unfortunately there are a few plants missing from the scheme as it is late in the season and the landscapers were unable to source them. For example, there is supposed to be a filipendula where the bright green flag now is.
The spiders love this part of the garden too.
I’ll show you the rest of the garden tomorrow otherwise this post will explode due to sheer weight of pictures.