EDGE PLANTING BED - MODULE #5
This large planting module is meant to be located in a dry sunny
place along a fence or the foundation of a house. Variations in the
number of plants will give a smaller or larger bed as needed.
Starting in the front of the bed in late spring and early summer
are colourful flowering dianthus (maiden pinks) and thyme followed
by the light, airy yellow flowered coreopsis (threadleaf
The tickseed brackets the taller heliopsis (false sunflower)
which becomes the dominant bright colour after the foxtail lilies
die down to the ground.
Foxtail lilies, with their early mass of lily-like green
foliage, are spectacular in early summer, drawing the eye with
multiple spikes of yellow to burnt orange blooms.
The last bright colour comes from Veronica Red Fox's (spike
speedwell's) red flowers mirroring the vertical element of the
Plants to cool the hot colours are the fine to coarse, silvery
foliage of the blue fescue, sea holly 'Blue Diamond', Russian sage
'Blue Spire' and globe thistle, with the last three plants
providing blue flowers. Russian sage and globe thistle will anchor
the rear of the bed later in the summer with masses of foliage and
This is a bed which will evolve over the season, giving the
illusion of being a slightly different planting every month and
hence always peaking one's interest.
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Fescue Veronica Red