1 Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna’ from the mildly aromatic silvery green leaves to the violet flower spikes with purple stems. Bees love the flowers that stay looking sharp long after the petals fall, thanks to papery bracts that hold their colour. Dead-heading – either little and often or in one go – encourages new flowering side-shoots till October. 'Caradonna’ loves sun; use it as a purple ribbon through late season grasses or, at 18in (45cm), it is the perfect centrepiece for a pot.
This is similar to my yard... in that it is long and narrow (50x23) with a concrete path right down the middle, brick patio in the forground and raised deck unseen. I am torn between clean and easy (like this) and wild and untamed with little lawn and lots of plants/veg/shrub. Path cannot be easily removed. thoughts?
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Having a small wendy house/shed at the bottom of the garden can make a lovely little office to work in! Our property in Amble has plenty of outdoor space for something like this! http://www.thisispropology.co.uk/property/windy-edge/