Garden Bloggers Blooms Day: Worthy Mentions

It is too easy to focus on the seasonal rising stars in the garden – the snowdrops, the hellebores, the tulips and now clematis, aquilegia, allium and soon the roses, but what about the stalwarts, the unassuming, dependable fillers that rarely get a mention or their pictures taken unless they are new or especially different? There are numerable geraniums that fall into this category, such as G phaeum and G monacense anglicum in the woodland edge border: IMG_2073IMG_2074They flower for months on end, responding amicably to a trim every now and then before going to sleep for the winter. Likewise this persicaria (probably P bistorta ‘Superbum’), not as showy as Red Dragon but just quietly getting on with it without any fuss – and it has pretty flowers, unlike the dragon: IMG_2082The common and almost thuggish Centaurea montana does a brilliant job of providing leafy structure to the blue & white border before peppering herself with those lovely cornflower blue flowers and was a real star in filling the space before other plants were added to the border. She may have her wings clipped, but I would never remove her: IMG_2071I may have sought out Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ and still be in awe of the frilly petals of G ‘Tequila Sunrise’, but you can’t get any more dependable or vibrant than good old ‘Mrs Bradshaw’ – she just goes on and on….. IMG_2070Getting on with the job more subtly though is Geum rivale ‘Leonard’s Variety’, seeding happily near the stream and also providing months of delicate colour: IMG_2076The greatest value-for-money bloomer must undoubtedly be good old Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ which hasn’t stopped for over twelve months – she may be leggy, but she covers her legs discretely with leaves and endless flowers: IMG_2075 And on this Garden Bloggers Blooms Day, a meme kindly hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens, let’s hear it for those solid fillers the pansies – colouring up nicely during the winter, then flowering flat out in the knowledge that they are soon to be removed and replaced with something else (well, perhaps not quite yet!): GBBD.pansies

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18 Responses to Garden Bloggers Blooms Day: Worthy Mentions

  1. Pauline says:

    Where would we all be without the good old dependable plants that are the supporting cast for the star performers. I like your Geum Leonards Variety, lovely subtle shades

  2. Kris P says:

    All plants deserving of acclaim, Cathy! I love the true Geraniums, although they haven’t proven as steady here as they were in my former smaller, shadier (and more well-irrigated) garden. I wasn’t successful growing Centaurea montana here previously but think I’ll have to try it again.

  3. sueturner31 says:

    Let’s hear it for the stalwarts……

  4. Christina says:

    Yes, I agree, all too often the dependable ‘fillers’ don’t get the credit or praise they deserve. I wouldn’t be without various thymes and other ground covers that look great for the whole year.

  5. pbmgarden says:

    Your Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ certainly does deserve a shout-out for its long-lived bloom time. I planted pansies last fall for the first time in ages and was so happy with them. They need to come out soon but I am not in as much hurry as they seem to be.

  6. Sally says:

    Great pics and they are all special! What’s a filler for one may be the show flower for another……but, you’re right, most of what you showed us take back seat to their showy-er garden mates. Thanks for sharing……

  7. Anna says:

    Oh some familiar faces there Cathy – the bread and butter plants but as essential as the main performers. They also do not demand much in the way of attention or attract the bad guys – what’s not to like?

  8. Annette says:

    I always have an eye for the fillers and have come across some beautiful combinations during recent shootings – I especially like all types of Geranium and must find a place for phaeum. A friend gave me Persicaria for which I yet have to find a suitable spot. So tricky as the soil tends to get so dry in summer.

  9. _emily_rose says:

    Happy Bloom Day! Your Centaurea montana is great 🙂

  10. Chloris says:

    I have become very fond of Geums the last year or two, there seem to be more and more lovely colours. Good old Bowles Mauve is so useful and so easy from cuttings.

  11. Hear, hear! We must applaud the “good doers”! I use Geranium phaeum in several places in the garden, with its near-black flowers fitting into many colour schemes. My persicaria ( I think it’s “Firetail”) flowers for months on end, the flowers getting taller with time. I would love that Geum “Leonard’s Variety”. Not sure where I’d place it though.

  12. Marian says:

    You have a garden to my heart, with many beautiful blooms I have in my garden as well.The red Geum disappeared though, after a very wet winter. I’ll just have to buy it again next year, I love those little red blooms.

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Marian – thanks for dropping in. I can’t fault these geums – they just seem to flower and flower. None of them have been there longer than two years but most have been through wet and cold in that time!

  13. All wonderful plants, well worth celebrating. Very pretty border glue.

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