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

Fall Arrangement in Terracotta Pots

White Heathers and Cyclamens

It’s mid september and the days are getting cooler. As the temperatures drop I add things to the garden that will last all the way into winter. Cold tolerant decorations like moss or pine cones and plants like Heather and Cyclamen.

Heather top-dressed with moss and pine cones will look pretty all the way though winter

The days are shorter days and longer nights during fall and winter. The darker season feel less dull with white and bright colors in the garden.

Water Cyclamens from the bottom by placing the pot on a saucer with water

How to Divide and Propagate Brunnera

Freshly divided Brunnera plants in their new home

It’s really easy to to divide and propagate Brunnera macrophylla. To quickly get new plats from an existing split the plant in two while still in the ground, dig up one of the two halves and re-plant it somewhere else.

Step 1: Separate the leaves into two groups

Step 2: Use a shovel to dig down in the middle and split the plant in two

Step 3: Dig up on one of the halves

Make sure that both halves have healthy roots!

If you want to be extra sure the roots are ok, dig up the whole plant before splitting it. It’s an extra step that allows you to see where the roots are and where to best make the split. While adding extra control it’s a bit more work and I find that in most cases the plants do fine without it.

Step 4: Find a new home for your plants

Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’, Boxwood, Heuchera ‘Obsidian’, Creeping Jenny & Begonia

Fall is a good time to divide perennials that bloom early in the season. It doesn’t disturb the blooms and gives the plant time to recover.

Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ & Geranium ‘Rozanne’ – The Perfect Perennial Combo

I recently back-planted my Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ with Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (‘Gerwat’). It has turned out to be a winning combo! The mix of silver foliage of the Brunnera and blue blooms of the geranium looks absolutely beautiful.

The go together so well that it almost look like they’re the same plant.

Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ and Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (‘Gerwat’)

One Flower Bed – Two Seasons

In the spring, this bed starts off with shining pink Tulips ‘Foxtrot’. Their color also goes really well together with the Brunnera. Later when the tulips begin to look tired the Geranium takes over and goes on all the way to fall.

Pretty blue blooms of the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ peaking up from behind the Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’

Fall Container Inspiration in Green and White

fall urns container white green
White Spruce, Ornamental Kale, Ornamental Cabbage, Bacopa, Variegated Ivy, Heather

It’s time to replace the summer flowers with fall plants! I’ve been looking forward to this for a few weeks but since my summer flowers were doing ok I couldn’t bare myself to kick them out. Then we hade heavy rain storms and the petunias finally gave in.

Here’s how I went about it.

Cleanup the summer plants

I just picked the old plants right up and fed them to the compost.

Petunias looking tired

Tip! An evergreen centrepiece brings year-round interest

The evergreen White Spruce bring year-round interest. It’s also more affordable since I only have to replace parts of the container. I’ve had this White Spruce in the containers for two years now. It grows slowly so I’m counting on keeping it for many more years.

At this point, I also kept the Bacopa. It looked fresh enough and its white flowers looked nice with the other plants.

Tip! Arrange the plants while keeping them in their plastic cans

“It was only when I placed the cabbage slightly below the Kale that the combo just fell into place.

I usually place out the plants while keeping them in their pots. It takes quite a bit of moving around and experimenting before I get it the way I like.

Make sure to take a few steps back and look at the container from different angles before you plant. Trust me, it’s much easier than having to dig the plants up again.

When happy with the way it looks, plant!

Make sure all the root balls have soil around them. When finished, water them in properly. Adding some fertiliser to the water is always a good idea.

fall urns container white green
fall urns container white green
Ornamental Cabbage

How many plants fit into the container?

More than you’d think! For fall containers, I usually squeeze in as many plants as I can. They won’t grow very much since we’re having low temperatures and I want the arrangement to look full.

In this 16 inches wide container (40 cm) there is a total of 7 plants.
1 White spruce
1 Ornamental cabbage (4 inch pot – 9cm)
1 Ornamental kale (4 inch pot – 9cm)
2 Heather (3 inch pot – 6cm)
1 Variegated ivy (3 inch pot – 6cm)
1 Bacopa (4 inch pot – 9cm)

Enjoy the result!

fall urns container white green
Hydrangea ‘Limelight’ in the back

Spring bulbs combo – tulip ‘Orange Breeze’ and daffodil ‘Sempre Avanti’

Daffodil 'Sempre Avanti', Tulip 'Orange Breeze', Lady's mantle
Daffodil ‘Sempre Avanti’, Tulip ‘Orange Breeze’, Lady’s mantle

Here’s another beautiful combination of spring bulbs. This one is planted at our entrance side and comes up quite early in the spring.

Daffodil 'Sempre Avanti', Tulip 'Orange Breeze', Lady's mantle

I don’t usually like orange flowers in the garden but mixed with the yellow they do bring a well needed pop of color in the spring.

If you’re looking for inspiration for tulips, daffodils and other spring bulbs I can recommend you to watch Garden Answer’s 2019 Spring bulb tour. She has some really pretty combos!

Garden answer 2019 spring bulb tour

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

Aster novi-belgii ‘Early Blue’

Aster novi-belgii ‘Early Blue’ blooms from July to October

Asters are a great perennial for if you need late summer and fall color. The ‘Early blue’ variety starts blooming in July and goes on all the way to October!

Full of buds!

They get around 10-12 inches (30-35cm) tall and prefer full sun. In my garden they get around 7-8 hours of sun and they do really well.

Flower bed with Aster novi-belgii ‘Early Blue’, Peonies and Lady’s mantle

One flowerbed – three seasons

It’s almost hard to believe that this is the same bed! Early spring this bed is full of tulips. In June the peonies put on quite a show and late summer to fall belongs to the Asters.

DIY Fall Heather Wreath

I got my hands on some Heather (Calluna vulgaris) and decided to make a wreath.

You can make a this wreath with pretty much any plant that does well when dried. Lavender would be my favorite.

Step 1 – Get your materials

You will need:

  • a wreath form (I used a 20 inch metal form but any type and size is fine)
  • floral wire
  • wire cutters (I used scissors. It would but I would’t recommend it ;-p)

Step 2 – Make bundles

Separate the Heather into bundles and wrap them using the floral wire. You will need around 20-30 bundles, depending on the size of you wreath form.

Adjust the size of the bundles based on the size of your wreath form. Bigger forms require wider bundles – smaller forms do better with narrow bundles.

Step 3 – Tie the first bundle

Tie the first bundle to the wreath form. Make sure it’s tight!

Step 4 – Tie the remaining bundles

Continue to tie the bundles to the form on top of each other. Do every second one facing slightly inwards vs slightly outwards.

Step 5 – Check your wreath

Have a look at your wreath and make sure it looks symmetrical. Prune branches that might be sticking out or add an extra bundle to any area that might need it.

Disclaimer: At this point I realised that I wanted the bundles to start at the bottom and go upwards on both sized (not around in a circle). I redid all the bundles on the right side and had them facing upwards instead. It took some extra time and was was a bit of a pain but still worth it. It would have bugged me if I hadn’t fixed it .

Step 6 – Add decorations

It’s time for the decorations! It’s completely up to you how and how much extra stuff you want to add. You could just go with a nice piece of lace and be done with it.

I chose rowan-berries and hydrangea blooms since I had them in my garden.

Rowan-berries
Hydrangea ‘Little Lime’

Tuck the decoration into the wreath. Use wire if needed. I just poked the hydrangea and berry stems in between the Heather and messed around with them until I liked the way they looked.

Hydrangea “Little lime”
Purple and orange contrast each other

All done!

Hang your wreath in a spot where you can see it every day and enjoy!

Tiny and pretty Heather blooms

Clethra alnifolia ‘Hummingbird’ (Summersweet)

My Sweetsummer shrubs are in full bloom and the fragrance is amazing!

Clethra alnifolia ‘Hummingbird’ (Summersweet), Hakonechloa macra (Japanese forest grass) and Astrantia major ‘Alba’ (Great Masterwort)

I planted them close to the house so that I could walk pass them every time I go out into the garden and feel their scent.

Summersweet is a gorgeous shrub that blooms for 4-6 week mid summer until fall. It’s one of few shrubs that does really well in half to full shade, can tolerate wet soil and is loved by bees and butterflies. So if you have a shady and wet area this shrub will do the trick!

Summersweet blooms

Blooms open from bottom to top and attract bees and butterflies.

Clethra alnifolia ‘Hummingbird’ (Summersweet), Heuchera ‘Palace purple’, Hakonechloa macra (Japanese forest grass), Acer griseum (Paperbark Maple) and Astrantia major ‘Alba’ (Great Masterwort)

Summersweet grows 2-4 feet (60-120cm) tall and 3-5 feet (90-150cm) wide. I planted them quite close to each other to create a small hedge that hides a messy potting table in the corner.

Late Summer Container Arrangements

Late summer is my favorite time of year for container arrangements. All that beautiful color both in blooms and foliage!

Purple Chrysanthemum, Sweet potato vine, Dusty Miller (Jacobaea maritima) and Hebe ‘Zea’

This year, I’ve planted up quite a few containers to bring the late summer feeling to the entrance of the house.

Purple Chrysanthemum, Sweet potato vine, Dusty Miller (Jacobaea maritima) and Hebe ‘Zea’

A simple design trick to make an arrangement look great is to pick just a few colors and to repeat them. In this case the Hebe’s yellow and green foliage is repeated in the potato vine. And the pink edges come again in the blooms of the Mum.

Both the Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ is a perennial and will come back next year. However, it’s always risky to winter over plants in containers so I might plant them in the ground in a month or two, just to be sure they make it though the winter.

Coleus ‘Chocolate Mint’ in the foreground
Coleus, Begonia and Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’

Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’ is one of my favorite plants for late summer and fall containers. It brings contrast to the arrangement that makes the other plants pop.

Rudbeckia Fulgida ‘Goldsturm’, Coleus ‘Chocolate Mint’, Carex ‘Evergold’, Chrysanthemum, Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’ and Ivy
How it all came together

Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’

Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’

Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ (Hummingbird Mint) has begun to bloom in my garden. It gets lavender blue, bottle-brush like flowers mid July and goes on blooming all the way though September.

Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’ to the left.
Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ in the center with Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ at its feet.
A yellow Daylily peaking up to the right.
Lavender ‘Munstead’ in the foreground.

The foliage is deep-green with a touch of silver. It looks wonderful together with the foliage of brunnera or other silver-colored perennials like lamb’s ear or lavender.

The blooms are quite small in the beginning. They will get much higher as the summer progresses.

Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ prefers full sun, although it’s doing well in my garden where it only gets 5-6 h of sun. It’s drought tolerant, has a minty liquorice scent and gets about 2-3 feet (70cm) tall.

It’s the most popular perennial in my garden for bees and butterflies!

Sammels Lantgård (Farm)

Sammels landgård is a cosy farm, coffee shop, farm shop and garden located 20 minutes outside of Gothenburg, Sweden. We paid a visit, had a wonderful lunch and took in inspiration from the garden.

Sauna surrounded by Ferns and Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
Hedge of Marigold (Calendula officinalis). Marigold is an annual that can easily be grown from seed. I just planted them in one of my raised beds.
Garden entrance. The whole garden is planted in these huge raised beds made of stone. Here with Hostas, Catnip (Nepeta × faassenii) and Alliums
Lovely combination with Japanese Maple ‘Bloodgood’, Hosta ‘Canadian Blue’ and European Wild Ginger (Asarum europaeum)
Foliage contrast with Japanese Maple ‘Bloodgood’, Hosta ‘Canadian Blue’ and European Wild Ginger (Asarum europaeum)
Another dramatic raised bed. Purple leaf Hazel (Corylus maxima ‘Purpurea’) with Creeping Jenny ground cover
African Dailsys (Osteospermum) and Blue Fescue Grass in front of the chicken coop
Welcoming spot in the shade
Kenilworth ivy (Cymbalaria muralis) fills in the cracks in this pathway
Another cute shed surrounded by Eryngo ‘Blue Star’ (Eryngium alpinum ‘Blue Star’), and Masterwort (Astrantia major Rubra)
Beautiful border with recurring patches of Eryngo ‘Blue Star’ (Eryngium alpinum ‘Blue Star’), Masterwort (Astrantia major Rubra), Bamboo, Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla) and Purple Coneflower
Yellow colors of the creeping Jenny glows below the dark red Masterwort (Astrantia major Rubra)
There are pretty details tucked in all over the garden. Here, surrounded by Brunnera ‘Mr Morse’ and Lavendel
Wildflower meadow. Joy for the pollinators!
Mealycup Sage planeted in an old wheelbarrow
Barn peaking up above another beautiful border
Main house up on a hill. To the left, a cold frame turned café