So for now I am showing the South Border, looking down from the patio. This border is planted in a blue, lavender, pink scheme, and I'm very happy with the way the colors are developing. Grasses, lavenders, two species of eremophila, and miniature roses dominate the border. Eventually Lagerstroemia indica "Rhapsody in Pink", now so small it is invisible in the above photo, will be central.
As it is, there's not much to see of it yet. In fact, it's considerably shorter than the Muhlenbergia beside it!
The central mess visible in the top photo is from Oenothera pallida "Innocence", which I am discontinuing in this bed. It is a bit too rambunctious for the area and not really in keeping with the other elements. I have left the drying stems partly to make sure I have seedlings available for the White and Silver Garden, and partly to provide any little bit of additional shade to nearby plants!
Currently the lavenders are not in bloom, but they form a nice structural element, particularly Lavendula stoechas "Madrid", considerably larger and denser than L. s. "Blueberry Ruffles".
I've been pleased with the grasses in this border. In addition to Muhlenbergia capillaris "Regal Mist", there is Pennisetum setaceum "rubrum", currently growing out over this summer's Catharanthus roseus.
There are several plants that will take some time to reach their ultimate size (both the Lagerstroemia and Alyogyne huegelii are still small).
There are miniature roses, however! The lavender one...
...and the cream with pink are both at the front of the border and account for a good deal of the bloom right now.
One of the truly special plants here is blue-flowered Eremophila hygrophana, a wispy shrub with leaves of felted silver. It needed a good watering when I took this picture of it growing behind more Catharanthus. Both got a long soaking several hours later!
Its flowers are a delectable blue with lavender tones. It seems to have some flowers nearly year-round.
So there is a first look at the South Border on this last Tuesday (now Wednesday) in June. With some very seasonal flowers alongside many long-blooming plants, it will be interesting to see how much this border changes over the weeks!
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