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The design I have chosen is based on a highly contrasting colour scheme with black, white and red-oranges against a range of foliage greens. The colours, which I realised were similar to those in many native butterfly species, gave me the idea for the notched blocks rather than plain rectangular planting areas – similar to the uneven colour patterns on their wings.
I wanted to pick plants which varied in shape and texture – ranging from large and blocky umbellifers, Ammi majus ‘Graceland’, to wispy-leaved Papaver somniferum ‘Black Peony’, strong upright Pennisetum glaucum ‘Purple Majesty’ and small rounded shapes in the flowers of Viola x wittrockiana ‘Padparadja’ & ‘Black Moon’ and leaves of Tropaeolum majus ‘Princess of India’. The Lathyrus odoratus will be grown cordon style for height and demonstrate the technique which is not often used in smaller gardens but produces superior flowers for cutting.
Many of the plants – Ammi majus ‘Graceland’, Papaver somniferum ‘Black Peony’, Lathyrus odorata ‘White Supreme’ & ‘Midnight’, Calendula officinalis ‘Neon’, and Pennisetum glaucum ‘Purple Majesty’ produce flowers or foliage which can be cut for bouquets or arrangements.
Hardiness was also a factor which was considered when choosing the plants, as well as how early they matured or came into flower due to the date required for presentation.
Vicia faba ‘Aquadulce’
Pisum sativum ‘Bijou’
Latuca sativa ‘Reine des Glaces’
Beta vulgaris ‘Albino’
Allium cepa ‘Sturon’
Ammi majus ‘Graceland’
Calendula officinalis ‘Neon’
Dianthus chinensis heddewigii ‘Black and White Minstrels’
Iberis x crenata ‘Candytuft’
Tropaeolum majus ‘Princess of India’
Viola x wittrockiana ‘Black Moon’& ‘Padparadja’
Pennisetum glaucum ‘Purple Majesty’
Papaver somniferum ‘Black Peony’
Lathyrus odorata ‘Midnight’& ‘White Supreme’
Additional Backup Plants
Brassica juncea ‘Dragon’s Tongue’
Brassica rapa ‘Rubi’
Latuca sativa ‘Really Red Deer Tongue’
Atriplex hortensis ‘Rubra’