Achillea ‘Walther Funcke’
(yarrow) is a compact herbaceous perennial with divided, grey-green foliage, and short stems bearing flat sprays of deep orange flowers which fade to cream. This plant thrives in an open sunny position in a moist but well-drained soil and will not tolerate heavy, wet clay in winter.
Someone thought Barney was a funny coloured “Lassie Collie” (Rough Collie) earlier… I had to disappoint him & admit Barney’s just your common garden variety border collie. Surprises me how often people ask if he’s a Rough Collie or mix, guess it’s the long fur!
The amazing cone-like, purplish flower-heads of Eryngium alpinum (alpine eryngo) are surrounded by vivid blue, spiny bracts, borne on blue stems. This erect herbaceous perennial grows up to 90cm, with heart-shaped, glossy dark green basal leaves. It needs a fairly dry, well-drained soil that is moderately fertile with a position in the full sun and protection from winter wet soil.
Though a gateway at Sissinghurst Garden, Kent, can be seen the deep-rose and bronze flowers of Iris ‘Three Oaks’. This cultivar was registered in 1943 and, as with other bearded irises, was derived from Iris germanica. Vita Sackville-West the creator of the garden with her husband, Harold Nicolson, planted irises in association with shrub roses for a romantic early summer display.