Plants, like people, have an inner light. When the sun shines on them, they glow.
When the sun shines on the bright border, I would like to harness its energy. Plug in, for a moment. Recharge your batteries.
Euphorbia glows brighter than any other plant I know. This is Euphorbia palustris. It has broad panicles of inflorescences. Each holds a spray of light.
Euphorbia looks fabulous with tulips, followed by alliums. The tulips and alliums overlap by a week or so, and then it is over to the alliums to really shine out.
This is probably my favourite euphorbia. It is Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’. You can see why.
Its orange inflorescences look lovely with all the fresh green foliage in the border.
Just the foliage of this euphorbia would make it worth planting. Nature makes the best colour combinations. I love the olive green with the rich terracotta-orange.
The orange tones of the euphorbia are then picked up by the geums.
Geums have a gentle, nodding presence. Their modesty is part of their charm. I have planted crocosmia inbetween the geums and the euphorbia to provide a jungly backdrop, and to break up what might otherwise be overwhelming flames of orange. Lime-green and orange is a favourite combination in the bright border.
Purple and orange is another key colour combination. The purple is provided not only by alliums, but by Centaurea (perennial cornflower) ‘Jordy’.
I love the flower form of the centaurea. From those hairy scales at the base, to the seaweedy tendrils of petals.
The perennial cornflower has a fine bouffant, held up by plenty of hairspray. It sometimes looks a little dishevelled, as if it has been out all night. But who am I to judge?
I am enjoying the maroon foliage of Phlox paniculata ‘Starfire’, which picks up on the purple theme. Geranium ‘Anne Thomson’, behind, has caught the euphorbia’s lime-green glow.
Pretty much everything glows in May, including me.
Can you feel it?
The Mindful Gardener believes that gardening should be a joy, not a chore. The plants I choose are almost all low-maintenance, maximum pleasure.
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