At the begining of the year, I showed you how my Bold and Brilliant border, planted last June had turned out so far. Now i've got an update as it's a full year since it was planted.
Last Winter started with a killing frost in October, that turned the dahlias in this border black overnight. But my clients were very sensible and put a thick layer of mulch over them straight away, to help them through the winter. The other half hardy plants - the Salvia Patens and the Pennisetum Fireworks unfortunately didn't make it through the frost
Of the hardy plants, the phormiums suffered the most. Although they weren't killed, they are not looking as strong this year.
However, the Verbena bonariensis, and the cosmos obviously LOVED the soil conditions and have multiplied profusely by seeding themselves.
The Stipa Gigantea and the miscanthus grasses have grown furiously, and the fennel - planted from 9cm pots, are now about 8ft tall.
Last week, this was the border, full of bloom, - the only addition this year being one pack of Californian poppy seed.
This time last year, - this is what it looked like
It's also now possible to see that 80% of the Dahlias have survived the winter, - The agapanthus, Sedum and Helenium, and the other grasses, particularly the red Imperata (at the front of the picture above) have done very well
Here's another view
If you'd like a border that reflects your house and personal style, and will have plants that thrive in your soil conditions, get in touch - Claire@plantpassion.co.uk - 07813 456854