I love punctuation points. As a designer, I use them to break up large horizontal spaces, or to mark the transition from one garden room to another.
Above, four ‘Degroot’s Spire’ Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Degroot’s Spire) mark the entrance to the Viburnum/Clematis Court from the Potager & Fruitery.
(Ilex crenata )’Sky Pencil’ announce the entrance to the Cutting Garden and it just followed that the interior beds be punctuated with the same. (good contrast with the rounded Boxwood that mark the other beds)
Unfortunately, one of the ‘Skypencils’ has died.
To replace it, the brick edging will have to be removed as well as part of the brick path. These plants are 9 years old with extensive root systems; locating another this size at a reasonable price is unlikely.
Cause of death ? Unknown. Initially spider-mites were suspected but then the other three plants would be affected since they are in such close proximity. Any thoughts out there?
I don’t fuss with perennials (anymore). To live in my garden they must look after themselves…
The Toad lily (Tricyrtis hirta) does , and blooms in the autumn…..
fabulous with the club moss (Selaginella kraussiana ‘Aurea’) below.
According to Allan Armitage (THE perennial expert) they got the common name ‘toad lily’ from the fact that members of the Tasaday Tribe in the Philippines, their native habitat, rub their hands with the juice of the flowers and foliage before going to capture frogs.