When we laid the garden out originally, The Duck Patch was a triangle of lawn surrounded by borders. Although this worked well, we never really felt it fully earned its keep in the garden – we hankered after something a bit more dramatic there. So we dug it up, sculpted the soil into ridges, and laid out the new Duck Patch. That was 18 months ago, and it has since then become one of the most colourful and exciting areas of the garden, and certainly the most commented on by visitors.
It is quite experimental really – we are not sure how hardy some of the plants will be, and others may seed around too freely – so we will watch and manage accordingly. At this time of the year the stars are Agapanthus, Kniphofia, Crocosmia, Osteospermum, Arctosis, Echinacea, Aloes, Gladiolus and Allium seedheads all weaving their way through various grasses and restios. During what can often be a quiet period in many gardens, it promises to be a spectacle when we open Langdale once again under the NGS over the weekend of 13th & 14th August, details at www.ngs.org.uk/gardens/find-a-garden/garden.aspx?id=30421.