Saturday, February 19, 2011

Hot summer border

A hot weekend ahead with the mercury set to go over 30C again.The late English gardener and writer Christopher Lloyd was the master of the hot summer border using colours to enliven the sometimes dull and grey British weather. In this local garden, red, yellow and orange coloured leaves and flowers of Amaranthus, are grown with black leafed Dahlia 'Fire Mountain', spikey accents provided by Agave americana and Bechorneria yuccoides. Background shrubs include Callistemon 'Great Balls of Fire",a neat rounded shrub to 1 metre which produces flushes of bright red new growth.

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