We’ve been busy during late summer and autumn finishing off the formal area in the middle of the garden. The pergola surrounding the rill has been erected, the beds underneath planted up, and the climbers planted and tied in - roses, wisteria and jasmine with lavender planted underneath, to give a wonderful scent as you walk through.
The hot bed has really performed throughout the autumn, the season ending with the most amazing display from Kniphofia rooperii (left) with 24 spikes of intense, fiery orange. Situated just in front of the deep purple foliage of Ricinus communis, they make for an exciting combination.
We were doubtful that the grape vine would survive when we planted it late in 2010 just before that long spell of cold weather. But survive it did and it is well on the way to covering the small rustic pergola to one side of the shack. That area of the garden is a real sun trap so the dappled shade this will provide will be most welcome. It is Vitis ‘Brant’, a good dessert variety which also gives wonderful autumn colour (right).