dark fuschia peony and painted daisies


This fuschia peony in the ‘Sissinghurst’ area of my garden is the second of 5 to bloom.  It is lovely but not scented.  Possibly the variety “David Harum”?

I love both these plants but not exactly where they are planted.  I don’t think the painted daisies are getting enough light.  Plus, why would someone plant painted daisies right behind a peony as they are the same height??

Since this is my first year in this house, I’m waiting to see what else is growing in this area of the garden and how well everything does, and I then I will do some moving things around in the fall.


Sissinghurst garden updated

This garden area was filled with roses, peonies, delphiniums and monkshood when I moved in last fall.  These plants all make me think of English gardens so I dubbed this garden area ‘Sissinghurst’.  However, by fall it was a plain smudge of green so I’ve added a few more plants in front to carry things through.  I picked them for their foliage colour and texture so that they’ll add interest from spring through fall even when they’re not blooming.


Front row plants, left to right: golden meadowsweet (small yellow leaves),  a patch of blooming white Canada violet (it was already here and is so pretty right now, but it’s a spreader so I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it), 2 dianthus ‘Early Bird Chili’ (fine, grey foliage), asiatic lilies, and a ‘Sunpower’ Hosta (big yellow leaves).

You can’t see them very well yet because I couldn’t bring myself to crop my neighbour’s gorgeous lilacs out of this picture.  🙂  More pictures to come!  I can’t wait to see what colour my peonies are!

Oh, and making a mental note to paint those sprinkler poles white.

To see this garden at other times of the year, click here and scroll down.

Sissinghurst 2016


This garden, facing west inside my backyard fence, is filled with monkshood, peonies and roses thanks to the previous owner.  I don’t know what colour any of them are (besides the pink rose on the left) because I first saw this house in August and moved here in late September when everything else had finished blooming.  It will be a fun surprise in spring to see what colours I inherited!  I am going to call this garden area ‘Sissinghurst’ because monkshood, roses, and peonies always make me think of English gardens, and Sissinghurst is my favourite (not that I’ve been to very many).

In the meantime, I also transplanted a few plants from my old house, sticking to those with red and purple flowers and particularly those which attract hummingbirds and butterflies:


Above: looking across the Potager to Sissinghurst.


Above: closer up view of “Sissinghurst”.  Plants which attract hummingbirds include beardtongue, coralbells, daylily, lilies, and monkshood. Other plants are sedums, Joe Pye Weed , blue oat grass, and veronica spicata. I feel lucky to have my neighbour’s huge lilacs providing a backdrop above the fence, as well!!

I planted these in a rush in October, just wanting to get the plants I brought from my old house into the ground before winter.  I’d like to do some re-arranging, sticking to purple and red flowers, with some yellow-green spirea such as ‘Gold Mound’ to jazz things up (a split-complementary colour scheme: see this useful blog for more on colour schemes).