Day 232: layering up

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year

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You can safely ignore the traditional advice to buy multiples of the same plant in odd numbers once you get safely into double figures.* Until I’ve had the chance to divide up all the heleniums my resident mollusc population haven’t beaten me to, I’ll take myself off to somewhere like RHS Wisley to see them planted in large orange drifts, and layered-up with something contrasting like the deep pinks of Persicaria amplexicaulis something-or-other (could be ‘Firetail’ though it looks a little too purple for that, although the sky was giving an odd blue wash to everything on the day in question). The delicious looking sneezeweed here is Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’.

*Actually, you can safely ignore it altogether, it’s just meant as a helpful guideline to help you avoid accidentally planting in a weird semi-formal symmetry, which even-numbered plant quantities can sometimes encourage. But, as with any rule, it’s there to be broken.


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