Curly Sue

Thursday 3rd May, 2012

Last month I took a trip over the Pennines for a sunny visit to a Client’s garden in Sheffield to see how the borders were looking. The great thing about garden design is seeing how things grow and develop as they make themselves at home and get on or fall out with their neighbours. The planting is now three years old and was looking fantastic for mid-April.

The Mathiasella bupleuroides ‘Green Dream’ was stunning and is one of my favourite plants. It likes full sun to partial shade, but was looking so much better in the full sun in Sheffield than in my dismal partial shade in Manchester. Mathiasella has striking papery lime green bracts that dangle like alien bells. It looked beautiful in Ulf Nordfjell’s garden in Chelsea in 2009 planted with Carex muskingumensis.

In this garden I teamed the mathiasella with the evergreen grass Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldtau’ to provide a lovely green setting for it to rise through (the frothy deschampsia flowers come later on), and Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Black Barlow’ as I love the contrast between the lime green and the deep purpley-black of the aquilegia. The aquilegia wasn’t out yet but it won’t be long.

Other April winners were Tulipa ‘Curly Sue’ (put in for my Client, Sue, and pictured above) which looked striking against the Heuchera ‘Chocolate Ruffles‘. Yum.

I’m planning my next visit for when the alliums are out!

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