I have gaps where hostas and irises are planted. They're starting to make an appearance, but I'd love there to be something in those spaces during the non-hosta/iris months. What can I plant?
The beds are a mixture of east and south facing, plenty of sun. The other plants are things like fatsias, ferns, brunnera, hydrangea and sarcoccoca (sp? there seem to be far too many letters in there!). There are also a couple of arum lillies which upset the Asian feel but I like them, and lots of foxgloves because the bees like them. Climbers are climbing hydrangea and honeysuckle.
There is no need to pull them out, they are little darlings, but people who like things terribly neat may like to pull them out after the flowering season has ended. Which would be a shame, but if they have been able to set seed they will return the next year so there is some hope.
Hhm. My aquilegia (I already have a few) are about ready to flower, but my irises are not long out of the ground, same as the hostas. My neighbour’s irises are already in flower and have bigger leaves, maybe a different type?
Yes there are many many different types of irises. Mine are the common type , purple, which were here when we moved 15 years ago, they spread quickly and seem to flower depending on whether it's has rained heavily in March which it did.. I love their perfume and the strangeness of their flowers but I wouldn't choose them except to go by the pond.
I LOVE aquilegias but mine are not here this year according to the book they don't last for many years.
My irises are all Sibirica type, which I think have more delicate foliage, certainly my neighbours have big beefy strappy leaves that look more robust than mine.
Maybe I need to be more patient re the gap filling. Not something that comes naturally to me! I've planted aquilegia next to brunnera, which I don't think is a success story, the foliage is too similar, so I may move them when they've finished flowering. The brunnera look great against japanese grasses though.
I didn't realise that eventually aquilegia disappear, I thought they self-seeded.
So, I still don't think I've quite solved my initial conundrum of what I can plant that will be around at the start of the year, given that here anyway iris and hosta have only just recently peeked out, and the aquilegia foliage only started about 3 weeks ago.
Hellebores? I have a couple but they never look as nice as the pictures, all leggy and straggly.
How about snakeshead fritillaries? Or the imperialis for a more exotic look. They might have the right feel. Pulmonaria possibly, although the foliage might be wrong. Spring flowering cyclamen perhaps?
Blimey, those imperialis are amazing! The RHS is pretty cautious about them though, looks like they need a lot of soil prep. My soil is v mixed even the garden is small, as the house was built on a brownfield site.
Hasta I'm a twit My PENSTEMONS have disaappeared (which is par for the course according to the books) not my aquilegias they are lovely, they keep coming up every year, some are growing on my dm's balcony happily, appearing every year without any help. oh a bit of feeding I use 3 parts rainwater mixed with on part coffee\tea grounds and dregs), that's all
I prefer their old fashioned name which is Granny's Bonnet so sweet .