My Silver Weeping Pear Tree Border

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Last weekend I couldn’t look bare to look at the mass of foliage on my Silver Weeping Pear Tree – Pyrus salicifolia ‘Pendula’ any longer.  It was so untidy with its tangled dense silvery branches nearly touching the plants below. It needed a good thinning to create a good framework of arching branches.  The tree responds well to being pruned at this time of year in my locality – but its easier to see misplaced stems in late winter when not in leaf.  I prefer to wait until after flowering to prune as I love its white flowers.
Silver Weeping Pear Tree - Pyrus salicifolia 'Pendula'
 A Dense Mould of Downy Silver Leaves
The Alchemilla mollis underneath was stretching all over the place desperate to get a glimpse of some sunlight and the Centaura Montana (covered in downy mildew) had nearly all collapsed………. quite frankly I wish it would never come back again in this spot. I see that it now has spread its roots into the neighbouring garden now aswell.
Centaura montana blooms Centaura montana in flower
Don’t get me wrong I really like Centaura montana – but I don’t like its habit after flowering.  It gets tall and lanky, then developes mildew no matter where in the garden its planted  and finally just collapses in a heap.  Its determination to grow from a tiny bit of root is frustrating when you discover you’ve planted it in the wrong location.  Anyway no more ranting………….
After nearly a whole day working in this part of the garden the finishing result was very pleasing indeed other than the grass which looks quite parched from our wonderful summer weather.
Silver Weeping Pear Tree - Pyrus salicifolia 'Pendula' flower border
 After pruning its neat and tidy again
Here are some more flowers that grow in this part of the garden starting with the huge clump of Lavender plants.  L. Hidcote is at the back of the clump while L. Munstead is at the front edging of the footpath.  The white spittle on the stems is from the leafhopper – I leave them alone as they do the plants no harm.
Lavender Hidcote | Silver Weeping Pear Tree - Pyrus salicifolia 'Pendula'
Silver Weeping Pear Tree border
Then there’s the clump of Allium christophii with Sedum ‘Purple Emperor and Lavender ‘Hidcote’ in the background.  The Allium flower heads are left on right through the winter as they are so decorative as seed heads.
 Allium christophii blooms
 Allium christophii
and a little shrub with silver blue leaves that features in few gardens in the UKZenobia pulverulenta ‘blue skies’.  It grows in the shade of the silver pear tree and is in flower just now with large ‘lily of the valley like’ flowers.
Zenobia pulverulenta “blue skies” flowers
Zenobia pulverulenta  ‘Blue skies
Black and burgundy feature a little in this border  as a contrast to the silver from the Heuchera Silver scrolls, Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus), Berberis ‘Helmond Pillar’ and Viola tricolour ‘Molly Sanderson’.
Viola tricolur Molly Sanderson
 Viola tricolour ‘Molly Sanderson‘ – true black petals
Geraniums also reside here in colours of white, pale pink and purple. Named varieties being G. Album, G. Sanguineum stratum splendens, G Splish Splash and G. Rozanne.
Geranium pratense striatum 'Splish Splash'

 Geranium pratense striatum ‘Splish Splash’

Tradescantia andersoniana 'Osprey ' flowers

and then there’s the confetti Tradescantia  ‘Osprey’

Yellows too illuminate.  The Potentilla boundary hedge will soon be full of yellow blooms but for now its the Alchemilla mollis, Hemerocallis ‘Stella de Oro‘, Hypericum olympicum and Anthemis tinctoria ‘E C Buxton‘  that are lighting up the border along with golden leaves from Caryopteris clandonensis ‘Worcester Gold‘ .
Anthemis tinctoria 'E C Buxton' flower
 Anthemis tinctoria ‘E C Buxton’: I like the bokeh in the background in this photo.
Rosie Nixon
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Rosie is based in Perth, Perthshire as a garden photographer, writer and nature lover. She enjoys soaking up nature in her own garden and is easily distracted from doing the weeding by anything that flutters, flies, buzzes, creeps or crawls! She enjoys sharing the beauty of creation through her photography. Rosie has been featured on TV on BBC2's The Beechgrove Garden and she uses the Scottish outdoors as her natural light studio. Her work can be seen at the only photographic gallery in Scotland - Close Gallery, 4b Howe Street, Edinburgh.

15 Responses

  1. Rosey

    Your garden is stunning. I just wanted to say I loved all your pictures…very nice!

  2. Curbstone Valley Farm

    Wow…Rosie! Your garden is looking just fabulous, I love it! Molly Sanderson is absolutely stunning in her formal-wear. They really are true black petals. Gorgeous!

  3. Melanie

    Lovely photos Rosie. Your garden is gorgeous and you have such a wide variety of plants. Enjoy your summer with the children. We celebrated Canada day, here in Canada, on July 1st .

  4. Town Mouse

    The garden looks lovely! You're inspiring me to go out there tomorrow and finally get my summer pruning done!

  5. hazeltree

    hi Rosie, our anthemis are out too and i love them, they really fill the garden with colour…the zenobia is new to me, i'll have to check it out…looks good…

  6. Floridagirl

    Oh, Rosie, these are beautiful garden views! Everything looks quite perfect to my eye, and I found myself trying to search for the flaws you mentioned. Your weeping pear tree is a beautiful specimen, and the lavender a shining star in your garden. I especially love the view in that last photo. Gorgeous!

  7. April Lorier

    Wow! School has already started where you are? Ours doesn't start until September!

    Rosie, you should be VERY proud of your gardens. They are absolutely breath taking in beauty. I'll bet your hubby is very proud of them!

    My favorite photo is the first one today. Makes me want to visit you and sit on your sidewalk, just taking it all in!

  8. jeansgarden

    Rosie, You're growing some of my favorite plants. I love Tradescantia 'Osprey;' and unlike most of the hybrids, this one seems to come true from seed. Little self-sown Ospreys pop up all over my garden. My Geranium pratense 'Splish-Splash' is in bloom now, too. I fell in love with this plant at a nursery once and bought it on the spot as a complete impulse purchase. The way every flower is splashed with a different pattern of white and violet always makes me smile. -Jean

  9. Cindy

    How absolutely enchanting your garden is. I love the tidiness and the great variety. It would be hard to pick out a favorite from all those.

  10. Indrani

    Whoa! Such a beautiful garden, one can spend hours there surrounded by the beauties.

  11. Country Mouse

    I can only add my praises to the others – and in Perthshire too – I always thought it was too cold up there to grow stuff – fat lot I know! What fantastic borders, and lovely shapes and curves – yummy!

  12. Priscilla

    Hi Rosie! Beautiful garden path, I also love your Lavender, very soothing to the eyes and the fragrance so calming. The Geraniums are lovely too. Have a wonderful 4th of July and a great weekend!

  13. Carletta

    What a lovely garden you have!!!
    The weeping pear looks terrific after pruning.
    Your images could be from a magazine…… 🙂

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