I am now no longer in a quandary about which perennials to buy for the border under the crab apple. Decisions have been made and things have moved on a pace.
My list of plants was whittled down to fourteen which should nicely fill up the border alongside the plants that I bought last year. The list of the plants that I chose is here along with small images of the expected flowers and flowering times, so if you are interested you can take a peep. The athyrium filix-femina is intended to be planted in the trunk of the now defunct tree fern of which there will be more at a later date.
As last year I ordered my plants from Beth Chatto Gardens as I was so impressed by the quality of the plants they sent me and the service that I received from them. Not only that but their prices are extremely reasonable all my plants were either £3.95 or £4.95.
I emailed my order last Thursday around teatime along with a request that I should one of the out of stock plants come in later could I add it to my list. When we got back from the plot yesterday there was a message on the answer phone to say that they had managed to add the out of stock plant to my order and the order was complete and being sent out. The caller went on to say the plants should be with me Friday. Sure enough Friday morning they arrived. Overnight from Essex to West Yorkshire was what I call a good delivery service.
Each plant was wrapped in wet newspaper and placed in a plastic bag which was then wrapped in dry newspaper. A couple were planted in pots. The plants aren't newly propagated so aren't babies - they look as though a large plant has been split into sections - just as you would if you were splitting your own garden plants.
As last year we decided to put the plants into large pots rather than plant them straight out in the garden. They seemed to respond well to a little TLC last year and it will also give me a bit more time to sort which of the plants already planted will need moving around to accommodate the newcomers.
The plants are now sitting on the floor of our greenhouse settling in.
The two in smaller pots were already potted when they arrived so I may move them on to larger pots soon.
I'm looking forward to seeing how well they perform.