Now that I am more conscious of mixing up plant shapes to achieve what I want in the front garden bed (yes Janna Schreier, I am thanking you for that inspiration), I’ve been trying to decide on some great mid-level plants to throw into the mix.
I will still progress the Agapanthus, but I’ve also considered throwing some Dianella into the mix. Particularly the Dianella that has vivid purple berries in the height of summer, as there aren’t a lot of colour options then in terms of flowers. Thanks to Gardening With Angus, I’ve narrowed my choices down to:
- Dianella Little Devil: purple berries in summer, plus reddish tint at the base to mix it up and tone with the Heuchera leaves:
- Dianella Little Jess: bright blue berries in Summer and blue flowers:
In addition to the purple berries, thanks to a random plant spotto while I was walking with an ex-workmate and some significant plant detective work, I have also set upon Ligularia Dentata Reniforme.
It took me about 12 hours to get from “It might be a type of Elephant Ear” as advised by my ex-workmate, to searching for tropical garden plants with round leaves, to finding (and discarding) betel leaf plant, then finding and discarding Chinese Money plant (indoor, smaller) to Ligularia…which I tracked down by way of the websites for botanical gardens in Hawaii (USA), where I discovered Awa and ‘Uala, the Missouri Botanic Garden (USA) and the Dunedin Botanic Garden (New Zealand) where I finally confirmed the shape.
If you thought a lack of knowledge about plant varieties and no actual photo of the plant taken in situ while on the walk, was going to prevent me from identifying a plant I want, without recourse to a garden centre and with only my eyes, brain, 8 fingers, 2 thumbs and Google to go on…you don’t know me at.all.
Again it’s tolerant of the WA climate, it has the most glorious leaves (like a lotus/water lily shape…a particular weakness of mine) and it’s the perfect mid-level plant to provide more complexity and contrast to the Bamboo and Elephant Ears.
There were a lot of articles about it in Hawaii and Dunedin – and in NZ in general, it seems to have been used a lot on NZ landscaping – but since I saw this version in a garden in full sun, in Western Australia, there are species that seems to cope in the Perth climate too.
It’s also called Tractor Seat Plant:
Plus it looks great with Papyrus and would look great with Umbrella grass too…some other “fill in” options I’ve been considering too (the Papyrus is a pond plant, and you can see a version in the pond, below):
I’ve been trying to work out how I can include dwarf Papyrus into the garden…but baby steps. So many options, so little garden bed…