Pastel colours in a late spring herbaceous border

late spring exuberance

late spring exuberance

The iris is that old favourite Jane Phillips, one of the few good garden plants growing here when I arrived over forty years ago. The white sweet rocket (hesperis matronalis) is a bit battered by the wind but on a calm sunny evening it fills the garden with scent. The centre of the bed is lacking colour this month because the plants died during the winter and I am still dithering about replacing them.

Next month I shall need to trim the hedges but for now they are resplendent in their spring-green foliage.

photo copyright Lynne Revette Butler

11 thoughts on “Pastel colours in a late spring herbaceous border

    • Thank you Vicki; it is a lovely view to have from a kitchen window! There were 3 different types of plant in that area which failed to survive through the constant cold and wet; a clump of ornamental onions (allium aflatunense), a perennial wallflower (erysimum; my fault, I should have taken some cuttings as these do tend to flower themselves to death after a few years anyway) and a more unusual plant called Incarvillea delavayi, all of which would be flowering by late May in that fairly sheltered, sunny part of the garden.

      • I live in woods with sandy soil and I’m always looking for flowers that will thrive in poor conditions. I will have to check out the perennial wallflower and see if it is a candidate. Thanks and happy gardening!

  1. I’m fascinated by the thought that you have been able to have the same garden for 40 years! Can you share some other insights from such a long-range experience with the same plot of land? 🙂

    • Hi Janice,
      Thank you very much for giving me the Sunshine Award. I’m so pleased that my photos bring you sunshine; your cat pictures have the same effect on me.
      Not everything in my garden is beautiful! One day I shall post photos of the mole hills, or, perhaps, the dying vegetable plants whose young roots have been decimated by the tunnelling. Gardening can be heart-breaking as well as back-breaking but working in my garden is always therapeutic.

  2. Beautiful combination! Does Jane Phillips have any scent to her? I have some iris that look rather like that, and they smell like grape jam. I am on a quest to identify the half-dozen or so iris varieties in my garden that I’ve inherited from various sources.
    And thanks for stopping by my site–I’ve been meaning to get over here to yours. 🙂

    • Thanks for the visit; we seem to enjoy the same types of flowers. Jane Phillips is scented but I confess that in all these years I have never tried to analyse the smell. If the wind drops this evening I shall sniff some and report back!

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