Seed Swaps

Large Raised Bed in Winter Silver Greys

09 Jan 2012
Cloudy 8°C / 46°F

The mild Winter, thus far, has meant that the large raised bed (there are two) is looking quite full and I’m surprised how ell it has stood up to the continuing gales.

In the main photo Stipa Tenuissima sways in the wind. A cutting of Helicrysum ‘Ruby Cluster’ grows directly below and to it’s right a trailing Lobelia annual that was cut back in late Summer, flowered a 2nd time in late Autumn and has survived Winter so far. Beside that is a Santolina that has been mostly hard pruned except for the one branch left at the front for Winter interest and cover. The green below the raised bed is a Campanula which was flowering over Christmas – a sign of how mild it’s been.

1. Large Raised Bed
2. Scenecia Cinerararia – Silver Ragwort (still flowering in places)
3. Lavender ‘Silver Edge’
4. Santolina
5. Stipa Tenuissima




lovely blend of colors

Posted on 10 Jan 12 (over 4 years ago)


Folia Helper

United Kingdom8b

Beautiful colour combination. <3

Posted on 11 Jan 12 (over 4 years ago)

Thanks. I keep hoping to see it in sunshine, bet it would look almost summery with a warm light on it.

Posted on 11 Jan 12 (over 4 years ago)

They look so frosty and pretty. Very ‘winterish’.

Posted on 11 Jan 12 (over 4 years ago)

The Lavender’s looking good… I invariably manage to kill mine, but the mild weather we’ve had means mine are still with me this year (so far)

Posted on 11 Jan 12 (over 4 years ago)

You’re right, the Lavenders are very happy with the winter so far, one of mine has even put on more growth than it did all Summer.

Posted on 11 Jan 12 (over 4 years ago)

Gorgeous – love the colour of your raised bed too!

Posted on 12 Jan 12 (over 4 years ago)

Would you like to add a comment? Sign up for a free account, or log in if you're already a member.