A virtual ‘walk’ through my ‘woodland’ garden
When I say ‘woodland’ garden what I really mean is my shady area of the garden where I grow lots of plants that would be happy on the edges of a woodland. Like many other gardeners I tend to choose grandiose names of bits of my garden. Obviously, sub-consciously I have a desire to have a bigger patch. When I say ‘walk’ what I really mean is standing on one spot and turning 180 degrees but that doesnt really sound very interesting! Above is an Anenome that I bought last year though I cant remember its name. It has bulked up well since this time last year and I am hoping it will spread in this area. This corner of the garden is under the canopy of a number of my neighbours trees and also from a large Prunus tree in my garden. The soil is a nightmare – thick clay so I have spent the last 3 years adding spent compost etc and it is finally paying off. Next to the Anenome is an Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’, I bought this at a plant fair last summer having read that it was ideal for damp shady areas. It wasnt too bad but didnt live up to my expectations and then it disappeared – Oh no I thought not another plant I have bought only to kill off! But no, it has started to re-emerge and it is looking loads better than it did last year. I think it prefers the damp weather we have had this spring to the heat of last spring.
This is a grouping in my ‘woodland’ garden. You can see hosta, Camellia, Acer, ferns and a Rhododenron. Its a bit of a messy picture but I think it shows the textures that I am trying to bring together.
This Bleeding Heart is stilling much of the limelight at the moment. I prefer the white flowers, on this occasion, to the normal pink version as they light up the corner, particularly in the early evening when the light is fading. Also a good contrast with the Rhododenron in the background.
I believe this is a Tellima grandiflora. I had some seeds from my garden society several years ago labelled Heuchera and this is the result but I dont think it is a Heuchera at all. It is particularly lovely now as the foilage is so fresh. You will see it has flower spikes but they arent much, they just add a little height for a while. In the autumn the foilage turns to a bronzey colour though not as spectacular as I would like. It is very free with its seed and the 3 plants I grew have now spread throughout the garden.
Well that was my ‘woodland’ garden I hope the walk wasnt too tiring!