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Native plant border: first plantings

I took advantage of the autumn sunshine and a day off today to make a start on my native plant bed. As I mentioned earlier this week I’ve decided on a yellow and white colour scheme with an abundance of green foliage as a background. In part the colour scheme was decided by the plants I’ve been growing this year. These include Evening Primrose (not strictly native but widely naturalised), Bird’s Foot Trefoil, Toadflax and Oxeye Daisy. These were all in 1 litre pots and are either biennial or perennial so rather than try and overwinter them in the pots I decided to plant them out now. The soil is still relatively warm and we’ve yet to have our first frost so they should be fine. As well as these established plants I also planted some snowdrop bulbs. These will flower at the very earliest part of the year and then I’ll sow the Corn Marigold, which is an annual, to take over for the summer months.     

The first step was to arrange the pots in position on the bed to give me chance to try a few different combinations. Out of these plant the Evening Primrose is the tallest at up to 150cm; so they need to go at the back and I’ve arranged them in  two groups on either side. The Bird’s Foot Trefoil has quite a low spreading habitat and should look attractive hanging over the wall of the bed, so I planted these as a row at the front. Immediately behind the Bird’s Foot Trefoil I planted the snowdrop bulbs and this is where the Corn Marigold will go as well. After a bit of rearranging and trying out different combinations I decided to plant the Oxeye Daisies and Toadflax in two separate groups on either side of the bed. The area in the middle and to the back is currently bare but this is where the Dark Mullein and Tutsan will be planted.

Here are some pictures of the planting in progress, the bamboo canes have been used to mark out the areas where the Tutsan and Dark Mullein will be planted . As you can see I tried to achieve a natural look with the Snowdrop bulbs by simply scattering them over the area.   

        

Some of the Bird’s Foot Trefoil is still flowering but most has now started producing the seeds that give the plant its name. Here’s a picture.

For the other plants I’m going to try growing some from seed and also get some plug plants so I can do a bit of a comparison of how well each does.  

Here are the links to my previous posts on Bird’s Foot Trefoil ( you will need to scroll down to the bottom of the page):http://www.hootershall.co.uk/category/blogposts/page/10/

 and Snowdrops (scroll half way down the page): http://www.hootershall.co.uk/category/blogposts/page/2/

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