We've been growing plants here in Devon for more than 30 years but don't be fooled into thinking that the climate will make our plants soft and tender; we are nearly 1000 feet above sea level on the edge of Dartmoor and in a 'normal' season would expect to get 45 inches of rain a year. Temperatures in the winter can fall to below -8 Centrigrade so we think it quite likely that most of our plants will go on to more favourable climes!
This photograph shows a border in my garden planted up with Phlox 'Emerald Cushion Blue' at the back and Lithodora 'Heavenly Blue' towards the front.
'Emerald Cushion Blue' is one of the more vigorous of the alpine Phloxes- this great swathe of blossom would have been 4 or 5 plants put in a couple of years ago and they have since knitted together to form this large mat of evergreen leaves which are quite literally smothered in bloom in Spring. It's a great plant for filling in gaps in a sunny border.
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The purple leafed plant to the right of centre is Acaena inermeris 'Purpurea', a flat-growing, ground covering plant which is perfect for underplanting and edging.
Once again this year, we shall be at Toby Buckland's Garden Festival at Powderham Castle near Exeter in Devon on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May.
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