Mind the Gap!

The abundance of growth in recent weeks has not only indicated where there are gaps in this show of plenty but also where things perhaps don’t work quite as well as one would have liked. I am quite happy with this state of being, as all the borders were ‘new’ in some way or another last year and more than a season is needed to bring them up to scratch. In truth I am pretty pleased with the way most of them have filled out over this time, particularly as the brand-new-last-year plants are generally earning their places and some others which were moved are surprising me by reappearing  strongly after a no-show last year. There are, however, definite gaps on either side of the path that splits the main CIMG1593herbaceous border shown above (although I plan to move Geranium ‘Summer Skies’ to the right hand gap as it is too tall where it is at the moment) and also to the far left of these borders where it receives a lot of shade from the adjacent woodland.

The blue & white borders have worked quite well, although as the centaura finishes flowering and begins to flop it may leave unattractive patches in the borders, but cutting out old growth should help as I have already seen new leaves forming at the base of the clumps. Echinops, eryngium, campanula and veronica are now beginning to make their presence felt and there will be a few sweet peas to follow.

CIMG1588CIMG1589The hot borders too are filling out well, with crocosmia and daylilies preparing to flower, my foray into dahlias showing a leafy contribution, and a late addition of inulas getting ready to take off – there are other laggards too, but one must have patience as they are doing their best. It’s a bit of a hotch potch but the overall effect is acceptable, with the only real gaps where Papaver ‘Victoria Louise’ was cut down and in a dry corner on the right hand side.


CIMG1597I will try wherever possible to use existing plants to fill in the various gaps, although my ’20 geraniums for £20′ arrived from Hayloft yesterday and are duly potted on to build up their strength and they will play a part in a couple of months. I also need to tackle the ‘gallery’ herbaceous border, which although fairly gap-free is based on soil which was previously grassed and is still rather impoverished as the plants there are not exactly flourishing – when the weather is less hot and dry it might a good idea to dig everything out and do some work on the soil structure before putting them back. Too hot for that now!


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5 Responses to Mind the Gap!

  1. Even in a mature garden you get gaps, as plants bite the dust, ephemerals die back, etc. I mostly use containers and annuals to fill in that sort of temporary gap.

    • Cathy says:

      I am getting better at that Jason – this year has been one of experimenting with sowing annuals and I hope to be more organised with it next year.

  2. Annette says:

    Isn’t that most unusual, someone pointing out the gaps? You surely are a special gardener, Cathy. The other day a fellow photographer told me how she had to weed borders in Photoshop…I almost died laughing! Imagine. Guess you could also put in plants via Photoshop and make us all turn green with envy if you chose very lush, exotic specimens 🙂

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