May Flower Border…

May - Top Border

Now that the tulips are gone the borders are all about Alliums and the colours green and purple.  I have lots of ‘Purple Sensation’ which create beautiful pom poms throughout, if I could only plant one Allium it would be these.  I leave the seed heads in place after they have flowered, as they add great winter interest, but remove some before they brown and rot to dry in the greenhouse and then spray gold or silver and throw them at the christmas tree (they stick without needing to be tied on).

Allium - Purple Sensation

I also grow alliums:


Nectaroscordum bulgaricum




Along with these and flowering at the moment are Geranium ‘Philippe Vapelle’ (as below), Delphiniums ‘Black Knight’, Cerinth Major ‘Purpurascens’ (also growing in the cutting garden) and providing a splash of colour at the back honeysuckle ‘Dropmore Scarlet’ which doesn’t have a scent but is a fantastic bright orange colour.

Geranium - Philippe Vapelle


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