In the foreground is Ligularia 'The Rocket' just behind which is a lily just about to flower next to fading Astilbes with the big Eupatorium purpureum subsp. maculatum 'Atropurpureum' just about to bloom. The lily in flower is Lilium 'African Queen' in front of Acer 'Bloodgood' whilst the variegations of the Hostas can be seen in the bed behind.
|Last man standing.|
A couple of examples of Potentilla fruticosa, whose names are lost in the mists of time, are to be found in one of the few sunnier spots in the garden. These plants are no longer as popular as they once were, but are very hardy and easy to grow. Members of the rose family, they have now migrated to the genus Dasiphora (Dasiphora fruticosa), does this mean we will now know them as Dasiphoras rather than Potentillas? I doubt it.
|Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora|
Although I have often grown Nasturtiums for a splash of colour, this year I thought I would try a few more hardy annuals which I haven't grown for a long time. Some were grown in cells slightly earlier than the rest which were direct sown into containers some of which contained lilies. The direct sown ones did best, although the Nigella still hasn't flowered. One thing I forgot is that the Cornflower is not so named for nothing, in nature it uses the corn as a support and is generally not very good at standing up on its own, but just look at that flower, beautiful.
When Impatiens was struck down by disease this meant other than Fuchsias and Begonias there was little choice of bedding material that would grow well in my shady garden. This is a new strain of Impatiens from Parkers Bulbs which is meant to be wilt resistant, it clearly has the New Guinea strain in its parentage and has enormous flowers although the plants are very small and compact in stature which was a bit disappointing until they got going as I thought I had planted them too far apart. So far no sign of wilt so fingers crossed.
|Actaea rubra - Red baneberry.|