I had to really think hard about where to plant these herbaceous perennials. They like moist soil. And I don’t have much of that.
But I decided to put them on the lower side of the calabert path that gets some underground water from a spring.
First they had to survive a freezing winter. But they did, and I now have half a dozen flowers.
I was going to put them in the vegetable garden where I could guarantee a more lush and plentiful water supply, but in the end, decided they should pretty up the sensible shrubs in the terrace. There is only a haze of blue from the perovskias and the lavenders here, so the red colour is a bit shocking.
The verbena bonariensis are thriving in the strawberry bed. I can’t believe they came through the winter. But they had the protection of the wall behind them. And it does mean that I can leave them to multiply and flower each year without too much intervention.
I have sown so many seeds to reproduce this mass planting effect elsewhere. I want to put them in the step garden so they can do the same job as here in the strawberry bed. And I’m debating whether to give them a good go in the courtyard too.
But they do need the security of a wall to stop them dying over winter. I had tried them as a hedge in the open near the vegetable garden and they turned up their toes at the first sign of a cold snap. A minus 15C cold snap.
They suit the granite walls without showing off. And are impossible to photograph as they blend in too well.