The Bright Border has taken a while to ignite this Spring, but today, I think it took off.
This border is not for the faint-hearted. It is fiery and fiesty; invigorating, rather than relaxing.
Here are two of the euphorbias, E. amygdaoides var. robbiae, [health warning here] and E. griffithii ‘Fireglow’:
‘Fireglow’ deserves a close-up:
And so does Euphorbia palustris:
Whilst those two provide concentrated explosions of intense colour, Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae provides a more dispersed glow:
Tulips then add sparks of orange, vermillion and scarlet. Here’s Tulipa ‘Couleur Cardinal’. Geum ‘Hilltop Beacon’ is just starting to flower behind.
And Tulipa ‘Ballerina’, with ‘Tambour Maitre’ in the background:
Whilst smouldering maroon and purples come from Tulipa ‘Antraciet’ and ‘Recreado’:
There are electric blues from pulmonaria. Soon there will also be alliums too.
There are gaps where I took out some phlox and have planted some new euphorbias, which are waiting to plump up. I also need to replant the tulips next year, as they have become thin and dispersed. I will lavishly add more burgundy ‘Ronaldo’, crimson ‘Antraciet’, scarlet ‘Couleur Cardinal’ and ‘Tambour Maitre’, orange and magenta ‘Ballerina’ and maybe a flash of gold from ‘Westpoint’.
I love the way the sun shines through the Centaurea leaves:
Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae is fantastic under the two trees, a rowan and a lime.
The maroon-leaved form, E. amygdaloides ‘Purpurea’ is just about recovering from the cold:
Soon there will be lupins, centaurea, peonies, roses, salvias and geraniums. I can’t wait.
You can see more pictures of the Bright Border here: The Big Bang: the making of a bright border.
Do you have areas where you need to plant more tulips? Do you garden in colour schemes or bung it all in? Do you plan or let things evolve?
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