End of Month View – April 2017

The front garden is really coming into its own now and delivering the vibrant colours I hoped it would. The tulips are just beginning to go over but I will definitely be adding loads more to the bigger border for next year.  I think I will add more oranges, rusts and reds probably including some Tulip Ballerina which have been growing in the front garden for a few years now and come back reliably year on year.

Looking from the upstairs window you can see that the planting is definitely thicker nearer the house than towards the back of the border near the Grevillea.  However, there are lots of asters now pushing through the soil as well as some bronze fennel and Miscanthus.  I have some Cardoons I might add if there is enough room as well as Rudbeckia and Zinnia seedlings which will add some seasonal bulk while the permanent residents get established.

I am also pleased with the combination of the Honesty flowers and the lime green Euphorbia flowers so I hope to add more Honesty for next spring as well.  The whole intention is to have lots of rich bright colours for as much of the year as possible and I think for this part of the year I am starting to achieve it.

The tulips will soon be joined by Irises.  It will be interesting to see what colours as I have moved the tubers so much that I don’t know what is what any more.  These will then be joined by some Nectaroscodum which will add height but I want to add lots of alliums, the big Allium christophii to add impact.

If you would like to join in with the End of Month View please do.  It would be great if you could add a link to your post in the comments below and link to this post in your post. Enjoy.



Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

28 thoughts on “End of Month View – April 2017”

  1. I’m ashamed to say it’s been some time since I took a look at your front garden, Helen – I remember when you were renovating it. The results are superb – well done. Isn’t ‘Ballerina’ perfect with the greens of your euphorbias? Have a good weekend!

  2. The garden is looking really lovely and so much happier than its previous incarnation. Ballerina tulips are my absolute favourite and they are also scented (with a citrus scent). I am gradually increasing their numbers in my small back garden.

    1. Absolutely not, not something I am interested in doing and I don’t have the time to primp it to the perceived standards. Prefer my garden to be for me and my family but thank you for the compliment

  3. Wow! Beautiful use of color combinations in your garden Helen. You have done a wonderful job mixing color in the blooms and foliage through out. Here is my End of Month View from Williamsburg, Virginia.

  4. Tulip “Ballerina” is always adorable, but I like the way you’ve woven it into your colour scheme. I went to Keukenhof near Amsterdam/Lisse last week, and when I get a chance to trawl through my 200 or so photos I’ll do a blogpost about all the tulips!

    In the mean time, here is my own EOMV about our garden:


    Hopefully a building site for only another week or so now!

  5. Wow doing well thee maroon heuchera looks good with your combinationow lime greens and oranges!!

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