Last week at Ashridge all of the summer bedding was planted out, we managed to complete the bedding changeover in less than two weeks – that’s a record time! As well as putting out bedding plants in summer we also plant out tender perennials and half hardy annuals in some of the beds and borders too.
A trailer full of plants
The Fernery Garden, before planting
Hard at work!
Nearly there. . .
Plants like Crassula ovata, bananas (musa), gingers (Zingiber officinalis), Colocasia, pelargoniums, dahlias, bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae), fuchsias, aeoniums, Trachycarpus, Agapanthus, Chlorophytum comosum and Canna indica are mixed in with the rest of the bedding.
The Lifestyle Centre beds, before planting. . .
The combination of exotic foliage and bright flowers gives a beautifully bold, eye-catching display. Areas like the Fernery Garden, Entrance beds and the beds behind the Ashridge Lifestyle Centre (gym) were transformed in a week.
Strike a pose!
As well as coming up with the design for the Terrace (see Ashridge Life) I also chose the design for the circular Entrance bed. My idea was to make a flower design, with vivid green Coleus ‘Lime Delight’ as the petals, pink Verbena as the centre and deep blue Lobelia ‘Crystal Palace’ to fill in the rest of the bed.
All marked out
Nearly there. . .
It was a bit of a headache measuring out the shapes but once it was planted I felt a real sense of achievement. I couldn’t believe how well the colours worked, contrasting against each other to really draw the eye in. It’s a magical feeling seeing the designs I drew on paper come alive in the gardens!
A happy worker!
I’ve added some of the leftover bedding plants to my border, I used pink and red geraniums and Cosmos, a mixture of colours. It’s going to look great once they’re flowering!
I hope you enjoyed the photos! 🙂