Following my recent post South Woodford Planting Design, on a rather grey and drizzly day, I spent a nonetheless enjoyable morning planting up the scheme.
In front gardens, areas you pass numerous times a day, it’s especially important to include a range of evergreen plants to provide year round colour and interest. Anemanthele lessoniana is a fabulous evergreen grass that adds movement and softness to a scheme and in autumn takes on rusted-orange tones that give it it’s common name ‘Pheasants tail grass’.
It’s early days yet, especially this year with spring being so late to arrive, but already there is flower and foliage interest provided by Anemanthele lessoniana, Helleborus Ballard’s Strain, Ligustrum jonandrum topiary, Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Tom Thumb’ and Viburnum tinus ‘Lisarose’. As the scheme matures these will really start to come into their own and provide wonderful seasonal impact.
Helleborus Ballard’s Strain in varying colours tie in beautifully with Anemanthele lessoniana beneath a Ligustrum topiary standard. Later on Astrantia ‘Roma’ will provide long flowering interest throughout the summer months.