Good performers in the May garden .. for you !!

 

Holmskioldia sanguinea lutea – Chartreuse Chinese Hat

Garden Lovers, did you know there’s another interesting near evergreen shrub to brighten the late garden that’s flowering now.. ? For an intriguing fresh chartreuse splash in the May garden, Holmskioldia sanguinea lutea or Gold Chinese Hat from the lower Himalaya & Myanmar is for you ! I’ve used it here in the ‘Sea-Changer’ garden in the Sun Trap plot that receives northern sun all year but it would also tolerate half day sun as a an upright to lax, 2m shrub with a cut after flowers to bring new canes for the following season. 

Gold Chinese Hat combines well with yellow variegated flashed bromeliad (alcantarea)

Just nearby and for combined ‘pop’ at the same time of year, you could use Barlaria cristata ‘Lavander Lace’   as a really useful sub-shrub to around 1.5m with a cloud of pretty, striped, mini trumpets. 

Barleria cristata ‘Lavander Lace’

Soooooo pretty, just as the worst of the heat has passed and we look into the garden for some fresh seasonal change.     

       

‘Planty Fierce ’18’ …. was a fun day

‘Sea-Changer’ mirror deck with Bruce Buddha

‘Planty Fierce ’18’ at the end of last month was a sparkling Autumn day, refreshed by an early shower and internet was high from all visitors, especially this young one having a closer look at the mirror Buddha on the long deck looking down to ‘Sea-Changer’s’ Shade Hut.

Talking to Ross & Chris Bolwell from ‘Bloom’n Greenery’ nursery

Nothing extinguishes interest and plenty of people arrived into brilliant sunshine in the Sun Trap plot where I spoke to many on questions around how to make their home gardens even better !

The unirrigated “L” shaped, west facing, wrap around garden surrounding ‘Sea-Changer’

The 2pm ‘Walk & Talk’ brought forward many interesting questions, like how to make a ‘green-fence’ alternative to fence palings using Solandra longiflora over black pvc coated mesh. Thanks to all PF ’18 Helpers and Peter & Ruth Donnelly’s fabulous Coachwood sales tables loaded with new and interesting ‘must haves..’.  

Seachanger forges on… here in my new garden

Revealing times at Seachanger

… and as you can see, quite a view now of the rotary hoist and bedroom window next door across the northern boundary fence.

On the look out for good flowering screen shrubs to around 3.5m that will remain non-transparent from ground level to conceal the fence again but soooo many I could be using.

 

Tibouchina sp.
Tibouchina sp.

What do you think, the freshness of this Tibouchina sp. an abundance of high summer amethyst Rotheca serrata or Holmskioldia sanguinea lutea the Golden Mexican Hat in cascades of late summer chartreuse… ? DECISIONS !!!!

Rothea serrata (left), Holmskioldia sanguinea lutea
Rothea serrata (left), Holmskioldia sanguinea lutea

Also, I saw this excellent Day Bed Canopy call the Nest designed by Steve Warner of Outhouse Design at Grand Designs…

Steve Warner's "The Nest"
Steve Warner’s “The Nest”

Perfect for the Winter Sun Trap space… should I ? should I !!!