A few weeks ago I stumbled across racks of plants outside Waitrose. It was this that kickstarted our efforts with the front garden. At the end of last year we dug up the manky grass in the front garden to prepare the soil for this year. It sat bare for a couple of months but now we have some plants in and it’s looking more like a garden. Hooray!
We bought a Snake’s Head Fritillary with purple and white flowers. I really like the unusual pattern on the petals.
This is a Scabious (horrible name for such a nice plant) from our local garden centre. It’s a bee friendly plant and I thought the purple would look good with our yellow rose bush.
This lime green Saxifraga is evergreen so we’ll still have some greenery over the Winter.
The Arabis is so bright, has lots of flowers and is a good food source for bees in the Spring.
I bought a Lupin from Waitrose. It’s a traditional cottage garden plant and the flower stems grow up to 50cm tall which will give us some contrast in height compared to the other plants we’ve bought for ground coverage. I’m looking forward to seeing this flower.
This Lithodora was another plant from Waitrose. I picked this one up because I love the bright blue flowers and it is bee friendly.
Our Hutchinsia will form an evergreen carpet full of dinky white flowers in the Spring and Summer.
This Erysium has tall flower stems and apparently flowers nearly all year round. Win!
I love the blueish buds and deep red flowers on this Dianthus.
And the last plant we picked up from the garden centre was an Aquilegia. Another traditional cottage garden plant that has big white flowers.
I nabbed a bargain with this Christmas Rose. Bought for £3.40 at a church plant sale I randomly walked past on my way to work last week.
Elsewhere at home, all the seeds have sprouted and many are ready for planting out. The seedlings below are basil. I want to grow LOTS of this to turn into pesto.
And that’s what has been happening in our garden. It’s so nice to have some colour and greenery in the front. I hope this post has given you plant ideas for your own garden too.