Perennial refresher course…

I’ve spent much time these past two days (while the sun shone beautifully outside) on a perennial plant ‘refresher’ course. Past projects, books and t’internet to hand.

The winter months parade by and suddenly – spring springs up on you, or very soon will. Time to bring to mind the joys of the herbaceous palette, as well as other shrubbier companions. Then again there are so many new varieties (see the heucheras, or the hellebores, or the euphorbias or, well you get the idea) that a fresh look is always welcome.

For this scheme I’ve put together a planting list, anchored by meaty box topiary and an existing but underplanted,  geometric design (a circular lawn in an open, triangular plot, with corner beds on compass points) that might be appealing. Layered, I hope. The cast so far –

Thalictrum delavayi; Nepeta faasenii Blue Wonder; Geraneum Rozanne (and maybe Orion & Nimbus too, if there is room); Heuchera Crimson Curls; Erigeron karvinskianus; Ajuga Burgundy Glow; Libertia grandiflora; Alchemilla epipsila; Anemone Wild Swan; Epimedium x rubrum; Brunnera Looking Glass; Tiarella Spring Symphony; Asplenum furcatum; Astrantia Roma; Iris foetidissima; Salvia East Friesland; Liriope Big Blue; Deschampsia cespitosa Goldtau; Vinca minor Bowles Variety (La Grave); Anthriscus sylvestris Ravenswing; Helleborus x hybridus Anna’s Red and Penny’s Pink, Winter Sunshine maybe too; Phormium Alison Blackman (love it); Carex oshimensis Evergold; Nandina domestic Firepower; Cornus sanguinea Midwinter Fire; Viburnum x bodnantense Dawn; climbing rose Crown Princess Margareta and maybe Zephirine Drouhin; variegated ivy Gloire de Marengo; (the diminutive) Clematis armandii Little White Charm…

Well, made a start… Must think about trees now..

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