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Perennkombo med Iris ’Snow Queen’ & Funkia ’Francee’

Iris snow queen funkia Frances Williams

Förra året planterade jag tre stycken Iris ’Snow Queen ’ bland mina funktior. Jag satte dem på prov på en plats som bara får sol mellan 11.00 och 15.00, fyra timmar alltså. Irisen trivs i sol och halvskugga men 4 timmar kändes ändå lite på gränsen. Jag ville se om den skulle blomma trots få soltimmar.

Vad innebär sol, halvskugga och skugga för perenner?

  • Sol: mer än 8 timmar sol per dag
  • Halvskugga: mellan 3 – 7 timmar sol per dag
  • Skugga: mindre än 3 timmar sol per dag

Idag blommade den första Irisen! Kombinationen av dess vita blommor tillsammans med funkias vita kantblad blev precis så fin som jag hade hoppats på. Ibland får man till det.

Nu återstår bara frågan, hur många fler bör jag plantera? =)

Iris ’Snow Queen’, Funkia ’Francee’, Alunrot ’Plum Pudding’, Astilbe ’Fanal’
Iris ’Snow Queen’, Funkia ’Francee’, Höstsilverax ’Pink Spike’ i bakgrunden
Iris ’Snow Queen’, Funkia ’Francee’
Iris ’Snow Queen’, Funkia ’Francee’
Iris ’Snow Queen’, Funkia ’Francee’, Alunrot ’Plum Pudding’, Astilbe ’Fanal’

Spring Containers in Deep Purple, Yellow and White

vårkrukor julros penseer hyacint narcisstrccister

We’ve been having rain and storms though most of fall, winter and now in the begging of spring. I’m not exaggerating when I say that it’s been raining almost every day which of course feels a bit depressing. So. Today i defied the weather and planted up a few containers in the front entrance. It’s always a good idea to decorate areas of the garden you see on daily basis. That way you get to enjoy your decorations often.

The plants – some new and some that I already had in containers.
Heuchera ’Obsidian’, Hellborus, Hyacinths, Narcissus ’Tete a Tete’, Carex oshimensis ”Evergold” (looking a bit tired since I forgot to water it) and pansies.

An explosion of color! Just what I needed!
Pansies in the foreground, Heuchera ’Obsidian’ and Hyacinths in the back.

A trick when mixing different plants in the same group of containers is to stick to 2-3 colors. In this case the deep purple of the Pansy is mirrored by the Heuchera in the back.

Hellebore, Narcissus ’Tete a Tete’ and white pansies in the back. Hyacinth in the foreground.
Hyacinths underplanted with Pansies

Another good trick to keep in mind is to place bright colors at the back of the container. Dark colors blooms tent to disappear into the background if put in the back.

Perennial Combo with Winter Interest – Hellebore ‘Viv. Victoria’ & Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’

Helleborus ‘Viv. Victoria’ & Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’

This sure is a pretty combo! When the rest of the garden is starting to get dull these two perennials still look stunning.

Here are some details and stats on size, hardiness zone and exposure for the Helleborus ‘Viv. Victoria’ and Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’

Helleborus ‘Viv. Victoria’ blooms from September to April!
Hellebore ‘Viv. Victoria’ & Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’ in the front
Blue-Eyed Mary
, Heauchera ”Obsidian’ and Hakonechloe in the next bed
Boxwood hedge, Bamboo (Fargesia murieliae Jumbo) and Tetarian Dogwood in the back

The red colors are repeated making the garden look cohesive. Repeating colors is especially important for a small garden to avoid them looking cluttered.

Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’

The view against our neighbour’s fence. I’m not that happy with the mix of black, grey and wood. The colors reminds me of a shipping container. I have big plans for the fence next spring! 🎨🖤🌿

Late Fall Porch Decor in Deep Red Colors

My porch all set for late fall!

We had a first frost this weekend. The cold temperatures knocked out most of my fall containers with plants like Coleus and Begonias. The plants went to the compost and I cleaned up the front porch for late fall.

I usually do arrangements with three to four types of plants per container. But this year I thought I would try just one type of plant per container and instead to group the containers. It turned out really nice and clean!

Mums are such wonderful late fall plants!
Heuchera, I don’t remember the variety
Creeping Wire Vine
Helleborus Orientalis ‘Viv. Victoria’

First frost of the year

We had our first frost of the year. Night temperature went down to 25 °F (-4°C).

The garden looked different this morning. The feeling of greenery and lushness has begun to disappear. While most of the perennials are still hanging in there, they have changed shape and color during just one night.

The ferns have begun to turn color
Mums can take some frost
Heuchera ’Obsidian’ will keep most of its foliage throughout the winter
Frozen bird bath
The Hostas have begun to look tired. They will soon disappear altogether. Hakonechloa to the right and Heaucheras in the front will keep their shape during winter.

I’m happy to have a lot of winter interest in the garden. Heucheras, Hallabores, Yews, Boxwoods – all of them keep their shape and most of their color all year round.

The hostas though will disappear altogether. They will leave empty whole in the flower bed. I haven’t figured out what to put there. Any ideas?

Planting Helleborus Orientalis Viv. Victoria

Helleborus Orientalis ’Viv. Victoria’, Heucherella ’Sweet tea’, Japanese Maple ’Orange Dream,’ Boxwood

I’ve been looking for a plant to match my newly planted Heucherellas. To get some inspiration I made a visit to the garden. I didn’t have to look long before I found the Helleborus Orientalis ’Viv. Victoria’. What a beautiful perennial! It matched the Heucherella perfectly with the purple and orange/yellow colors.

The Helleborus and the Heucherella are both evergreen. They will keep their foliage all year-round. They will bring winter interest to the garden when all other plants are sleeping.

Helleborus Orientalis ’Viv. Victoria’

Helleborus Orientalis ’Viv. Victoria’ is a perennial. It grows 10-15 inches (25-40 cm) tall and preferens half shade.

The amazing thing with Hellaborus is that they bloom in the winter for 3-4 months!

This variety will bloom sometime between September and April. It will keep blooming for 3-4 months!

The purple flowers look pretty next to the deep purple Heuchera ’Obsidian’ as well

Hosta ’Francee’ – a Perennial for Sun or Shade

Hosta ’Francee’, Heuchera ’Palace Purple’, Hakonechloa, Yew ’Hillii’

There’s a spot in my garden that gets sun for a few hours during spring and fall. In the summer, however it’s in shade. To meet that type of light requirements I’ve planted Hostas ’Francee’. This type of hosta can take full sun to shade.

About Hosta ’Francee’

Hosta ’Francee’ is wonderful perennial that gets around 18-20 inches (45-50 cm) tall and 35-47 inches (90-120 cm) wide. It takes a few years for it to reach that size but when it does it’s quite a sight. It’s also one few hostas that doesn’t get eaten by slugs.

Companion Plants for Hostas

Heuchera ’Palace Purple looks pretty in front of the hosta since they contrast in color. For further interest I’ve added Hakonechloa and Iris ”Snow Queen”. While they have a similar color as the hosta, they complement each other in texture and form.

Hosta ’Francee’, Heuchera ’Palace Purple’, Hakonechloa, Iris ’Snow Queen’

Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’ for Winter Interest

Fall is here. As the temperatures slowly drop I’m reminded about the coming winter months. Have have quite long winters here in Sweden and the garden will loose most of it’s blooms, foliage and color. To keep the garden interesting during winter I try to add more and more evergreens. Plants that will keep their foliage and bring color during the grey and cold months of the year. Plants like boxwoods, yews, grasses, heucheras. This Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’ is the latest addition.

During the winter you need to rely on foliage for color in the garden.

Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’ is an everygreen. That means that it keeps its colorful foliage although the year. The gorgeous orange-red-purple color darkens in the summer and lightens up again in the fall.

Like most heucheras/heucherellas, it preferens sun to part shade and gets around 10 inches high (25 cm).

Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’ and Great Masterwort (Astrantia major)

This plant goes well with pretty much everything. It bring contrast and makes other plants pop. In the landscape, I chose to combine them with Great Masterwort (Astrantia major) and Hakonechloa right below a Japanese maple.

The orange foliage of the Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’ in the background of Great Masterwort (Astrantia major) that is blooming for the second time this season.

Stunning Combo for fall: Sedum ’Autumn Joy’ and Heuchera ’Green Spice’

This is one of my favorites fall combinations in the garden: Sedum ’Autumn Joy’ and Heuchera ’Green Spice’.

I’ve planeted it in a raised bed that gets 6-7 hours of sun which is on the lower side. Sedum loves sun and would benefit from more. If you can, put it in the sunniest and driest spot possible. The heuchera likes sun to part shade.

The pink sedum has been blooming for a few weeks now and will carry on for a few more. In the winter it will dry but keep its structure creating lovely winter interest, especially combined with the semi-evergreen Heuchera.

The dark purple center of the Heuchera goes beautifully together with the pink flowers

Chrysanthemums ’Hardy Mums’

Simple yet so pretty – the Mum. It’s a sign that fall is coming when these show up in the stores. I picked mine up for just a few bucks while getting groceries.

Deep red Chrysanthemums ’Hardy Mum’

It has just a few flowers but is packed with buds that are about to open. That is exactly how you want to get them to get the longest blooming time out of them. If you buy it with lots of blooms already open it will bloom over sooner.

Red Mum, Brunnera ’Jack Frost’, Agastache ’Purple Fortune’
The color of the Heuchera ’Palace purple’ reflects the color of the Mum’s flowers.