In August 2013 I decided I was going to change an area in the garden to facilitate some bird feeders. Now a year or so on the plants are looking a bit tired and in need of refreshing. As you can see in the picture below it was a mixture of many different plants. Sunflowers around the edge and a mix of wild flowers in the middle, the spring bulbs long since died back.
It was looking a bit of a mess and the Red Hot Pokers in the middle of the mini jungle. It is a shame they can not be seen. So I decided to clear it all back to the basics.
Stripped back with everything else removed and only the Red Hot Pokers left behind you can see that I have already planted various perennials around them. I have planted some Achillea, Valerian and Canterbury Bells. All will provide some height and colour all through the season. I even put in a Evening Primrose or 2 which I have grow from seed. I have lots growing in the garden from natural seedings, but I wanted some control over where they grow so now I grow them from seed and plant myself.
Around the edges I have planted Primula Denticulata and Primroses to give some colour in the early part of the season, also around the edges I will plant Sunflowers fo9r some more height and for the birds to sit in. There is also some Rudbeckia and a few others.
Overall it looks a lot tidier and I am sure when the new plants grow it will be a very attractive feature in the garden. All the plants used have been grown from seeds and propagated.
My name is Jonathan and I enjoy working in my garden in my spare time. I am no professional, just an amateur. My second love is photography, shooting the flowers in my garden and of course sharing them with people who share my passions.