Dollar Open Gardens 2011

We are in the midst of Dollar Open Gardens weekend, an event held tri-annually to raise funds for our local hospice.  27 gardens are open throughout the town, demonstrating a wide range of styles, habitat and plant obsession, and yesterday saw a steady stream of visitors despite the unremitting rain (Scottish gardeners are a hardy lot!). This is what is on offer in my garden this May…

Allium

The star of the show this year is definitely the massed plantings of Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ throughout the garden. Because of the early spring, all the late tulips have gone over, leaving these purple wonders to compliment the few early perennials that are in flower.

mixed-border

Still in the front garden, Paeonia officinalis is in full bloom, supported by a horizontal metal grid through which the plant was trained in the spring. The standard ‘Peony Rose’ is a classic Scottish herbaceous plant and although it has a short flowering season, the foliage looks fabulous for the rest of the year.

woodland-area

The wild garden is another favourite with the visitors. The bluebells are looking stunning this year, and the woodland borders are stuffed with Hosta, Hellebore, Trillium, Veratrum and Convallaria (to name but a few!).

lawn-with-stepping-stone
The shorter Allium karavatienses, with it’s white globe flowers, make excellent early summer border edging, adding interest to borders where the perennials are girding their loins to burst into bloom in June and July.
 
At this time of year, much of the colour in the garden comes from the vibrancy of the new foliage and from flowering shrubs.  The trick is to keep the colour going month, after month, after month…
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