Em­brac­ing the dark side

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As the leaf canopy closes over, de­spite the con­crete chaos of my own cre­ation, I’m en­joy­ing the pre y things I planted in an­tic­i­pa­tion of shady spots. On the deck, I’m thrilled with tubs of hostas such as ‘Francee’ and ‘Frances Wil­liams’ (www.thomp­son-mor­gan. com) – a ca­reer first suc­cess against slugs!

In the raised beds, Gera­nium

phaeum, fox­gloves and granny’s bon­nets ( aqui­le­gia) are thriv­ing, soon to be fol­lowed by as­tran­tias from www.hayloft­plants.co.uk and Ni­co­tiana sylvestris ‘Only the Lonely’ from www.sarahraven.com. It’s early days, of course, but it’s lovely to see at least some things tak­ing shape…

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