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.



28 Comments Add yours

  1. Alison says:

    Your front garden is an absolute delight and well worth all the effort you have put into it!

  2. Lovely borders and those orange fluted tulips are gorgeous, if you ever discover the name let us know.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:


    2. Helen Johnstone says:

      The orang fluted tulips are Ballerina

  3. Renee says:

    Beautiful! All your work is definitely paying off!

  4. Cathy says:

    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!

  5. Ellie says:

    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.

  6. You will be opening for the NGS soon!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      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

  7. Cathy says:

    Oh those tulips are faboulous, Helen – increasingly I realise that you can never have too many of them! You are really going to enjoy your front garden this year, aren’t you? My EOMV is at https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/end-of-month-view-green-green-and-um-more-green
    Thanks for hosting

  8. It’s lovely to follow the evolution of the front garden. Good to know you are pleased with it too!

  9. jenhumm116 says:

    Helen, your front garden is a triumph! Such wonderful bright colours – it must cheer you up every time you arrive home.

    Here’s mine this month – sadly many of my tulips are over already, much earlier than last year.

  10. Leanne says:

    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.

  11. Helen Johnstone says:

    Steve is away with no internet access but has asked me to post the link to his post in his absence https://glebehouse.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/end-of-the-month-view-april-2017/

    1. Steve says:

      Thanks Helen, almost back now

  12. J-P says:

    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!

  13. Jim Stephens says:

    You spend a lifetime ignoring tulips then two come along together that go to the top of your wanted list – your Ballerina and from elsewhere T.clusiana. They’re potent mood lifters, like Dahlias, but at a time of year when it’s needed more.
    My EOMV is here https://gardenruminations.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/end-of-month-view-april-2017/

  14. Mrs. Brown says:

    Your front garden looks super. I’d like to add more tulips and crocuses this fall. Thanks for hosting this Garden meme. I love watching the different gardens grow. https://hilltopflowers.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/end-of-the-month-garden-view-april/

  15. Alison says:

    I love how your front garden is developing, the tulips are fantastic. My EoMR is here http://www.blackberrygarden.co.uk/2017/04/end-of-month-review-april-2017.html

  16. Linnae says:

    I love all your vibrant colors! I crave color in the spring.

    My EOMV post can be found here:


  17. Cathy says:

    Helen – I have, a bit belatedly, done an End of Month meme to join in with you. I took the pictures on Sunday, so I hope that counts. It’s a great meme – good for recording our garden changes. Thanks for hosting. Here is my contribution … https://gardendreamingatchatillon.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/tuesday-view-and-an-end-of-month-view-for-april/

  18. Yvonne Ryan says:

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

  19. Steve says:

    Your front garden is looking great. Tulip Ballerina is also one of my favourites. https://glebehouse.wordpress.com/2017/03/31/end-of-the-month-view-april-2017/

  20. A great article to round off a great month of articles. I love reading your stories. So thanks for continuing to write them and share them for us all.

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