So many of the plants were simply thriving in the garden in 2015. The soil looks terrible, feels dreadful and doesn’t smell all that nice, and yet, the plants love it.
Todays post is all about taking a look back at the plants which exceeded our expectations last year. To be honest, I couldn’t really decide on which plant to feature this week, so just came up with a good few of them, so here we go, in alphabetical order.
Acer palmatum dissectum watnong Couldn’t come up with a spot in the garden for this one so just planted it in a tub in the meantime, well that was almost two years ago.
The Anemone September charm behaves so differently here in Cheshire compared to the habit it had in Aberdeen. Here it is compact, about 50cm/2ft tall. In our Aberdeen garden it reached a height of five feet and more.
Whats not to like about this ray of sunshine. Well I can only think that the Anthemis sancti-johannis does like a bit of support.
For a number of years we have favoured the dwarf varieties of Aruncus. However I am quietly pleased with this one above Aruncus dioicus kneiffii. Don’t tell anyone but I have cheated a little with the picture above, I intended letting you think it was planted in the border, but no, its in a tub.
The Asiatic Lilies may not have the fragrance of some but I came across these, named the Pearl series and they are quite magnificent. Planted in the main border of the back garden the Asiatic Lily pearl Carolina makes quite a statement.
Pearl Jennifer above was the first in the series to be introduced along with Pearl Stacey.
Asiatic Lily pearl justein
This final one in the main border of the back garden is named White Pearl. More of a creamy white.
Previously in the garden the Astilbes we had were all in pastel shades. This one Astilbe red sentinel is a welcome change, grows to a height of 80/90cm
I persevered for years with the Cala lily Zantedeschia aethiopica in our Aberdeen garden. It required the protection of the greenhouse in Winter and was reluctant to bloom. Taken with us from Aberdeen, I am extremely pleased with it, now planted in our front garden in Cheshire.
I published a post a while back on the Camellia x williamsii ‘Spring Festival. Definitely deserves its inclusion in this post of plants which thrived in 2015.
The Clematis Polish spirit in its second year has taken a real good hold.
A firm favourite of Myra’s planted at the same time is, Clematis Viticella alba luxuriance
Hard to ignore Crocosmia Lucifer
Echinacea Purpurea Magnus grows to a height of, about 3ft in one of the side borders in the back garden. In the main border we have the original Echinacea Purpurea, which reached about 6ft (rather tall) Echinacea is another one of those plants which struggled in our Aberdeen garden.
Echinacea White Swan also graces the side and main border. This one just reaches 70cm
The Geum Borisii bloomed from June right through till late September. Never really smothered with flowers but still very striking considering the colour.
Another orange flower that deserves a place in the garden is the Kniphofia Ember Glow.
laprocapnos spectabilis, well I haven’t really gotten over naming it Dicentra, not quite such a mouthful. One of the existing plants left by the previous owner of the house. Its here to stay, I like it.
Three medium sized plants of leucanthemum goldrush made quite an impact in the garden. Sturdy plants which appeared to require no support until a torrential downpour in mid Summer.
I have sung the praises of Nepeta Nervosa Blue Moon in the past. What a great alternative if you struggle with Lavender.
Philadelphus coronaries, an interesting form with variegated leaves. This one was in the garden when we arrived.
in our Aberdeen garden the Rudbeckia Goldsturm struggled to survive after its first season. Look how well it is doing in our Cheshire garden.
A good addition to the garden is the Salvia nemorosa east friesland. This year I will try to extend the flowering period by deadheading.
The Salvia pink friesland is not so tall, I suspect being planted next to the Heuchera Paris doesn’t do it any favours.
I felt ready to write off the Stachys monieri hummelo when it first started to bloom. However a couple of weeks later when it was showing at its best, I completely changed my mind.
Thalictrum hewitt’s double is a great airy looking plant and regardless of its height of over 5ft it never looks out of place.
Tiarella Pink Sky rocket, another of Myra’s favourites with a long flowering period.
Looking for a perennial for the front of the border, I think you will really like Veronica spicata ulster blue. Long flowering period which is extended by deadheading. This one didn’t come through the Aberdeen Winters, I tried several times. If I am making gardening sound challenging in Aberdeen, its not really true, we had an amazing garden up North.
We planted three of these Veronicastrum red arrow in the back garden, they didn’t do too well in their first season, hoping for an improvement this year, (unless!)
Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Album’ this one in the side border, I like.
Here is how the garden was looking in early November.
A couple of pictures above I cast a little doubt over the Veronicastrum red arrow. The plant is worth keeping, its just that it may have to be moved. We are adding a small conservatory to the back and suspect the shape of the boat border may require changing. Not rushing to make any hasty decision as yet.