One of this summer’s successes in the garden has been the hostas.
A flexible copper tape around the planter, and moving their container away from the fence behind, has foiled the slimy critters that previously reduced them to green doilies.
They’ve looked near-perfect all season, and have flowered twice, but now they’re dying off and looking a bit manky.
Last year I popped a few cyclamen and some velvety silver cineraria in gaps between the died-back hostas in their galvanised bath. But it was bit half-hearted, and look as much.
The container sits on top of a raised well in our front garden, so it’s fairly prominent. When it looks good, that’s great, when it’s a mess, it’s a bit of an embarrassment.
So, when I spotted the plant stall in town yesterday I was reminded of some pretty winter containers I’d seen in November’s Gardeners World mag.
I grabbed £12 worth of plants: 6 white violas, 2 white cyclamen, 2 solanum (winter cherry?) and a little vibernum. Good value I think!
At home I topped up one of my old apple crate planters with compost and packed them in.
I’m pretty pleased with the result, I’d like to add a little trailing ivy if I spot one. And when I’ve got Mr MBaF handy I’ll get his help to shift the heavy hostas off their perch and pop this one up there instead.