On Sunday I mentioned getting odd jobs done in the garden. The photo below shows one of these jobs – giving my summer hanging basket a make-over for the autumn.
Freshening up areas of the garden I always find rewarding and it really doesn’t need to take hours to do. This job took about twenty minutes. My summer hanging basket was looking a bit tired. Instead of waiting for it to struggle on until the first frosts I decided to empty it and start again with a completely different look and one that I will enjoy over the next few months.
Silver was the colour scheme in the border below so I lifted a piece of a plant from there, Stachys byzantina (lanata), to tie the two elements together. The stachys will be okay in the short time but I will need to pull some out when it gets too big. For a little contrast I chose a favourite grass of mine – Uncinia Rubra which I lifted from another part of the garden. I bought one new plant – Sedum Rose Carpet. This sedum will be the main event of this basket as it will soon come into flower and the bees and butterflies will be drawn to it.
To finish this basket I chose to top dress it with some slate chippings that I left over after refreshing another large pot that has my silver-green leafed Weeping Pear tree. The top dressing with the tree looks quite stunning now and this dressing will help also stop the soil in the pot from drying out.
Two small jobs done and I am very pleased with the results. My garden is not ready at all to slow down for the season – there is so much interest yet to come!
The photo above was taken in my garden on August 29th 2007.