Six on Saturday: Planting for Climate Change

It has been dry, dry, dry in our garden and so as someone who has little time for watering I am using it as an experiment to see what plants will survive in our changing climate. (That’s what I’m telling myself anyway.)

Yesterday I went on our local Climate Strike march in Brighton with my 11-year-old and her friend. It was totally inspiring seeing thousands of young people taking to the streets to demand climate action.

Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion addressed the crowds about the need for taking action now, not by 2050.

Back to my six, joining in with The Propagator – what could be greener than growing your own plants?

1. Persicaria amplexicaulis

I can safely say this Persicaria is not enjoying the dry weather and it’s lovely pink cats tails are drooping something rotten. I will take pity on it and water it today.

2. Symphyotrichum ‘Little Carlow’

Ok I would call this an aster, but everyone seems to be calling them Symphyotrichum these days. Little Carlow is a lovely variety with masses of tiny purple flowers. It is faring all right in the dry weather but I can’t help wondering if it would have flowered sooner and more prolifically had it been watered.

3. Salvia uliginosa

The flowers of this bog salvia are sparse but a beautiful blue. It was only planted last autumn so maybe needs to become better established. I don’t think it minds the dry too much, though its common name would suggest otherwise.

4. Sedum

My nine-year-old picked this up from a plant sale outside a neighbour’s house so it was locally sourced. It doesn’t mind dry weather at all and is quite happy in this chalky bed.

5. Hostas

I have been getting hostas all wrong. I thought they liked damp shade then I read in Piet Oudolf’s classic book Dream Plants for the Natural Garden that they need a well-drained semi-shaded spot which never gets too wet and whose soil is not too nutrient rich. That is because in nature they grow in rocky places mostly facing away from direct sunshine. I had just the spot under the fig tree, west-facing so it only gets late afternoon sun. These hostas came from our local plant shop but were unnamed so any idents welcome.

5. Heucheras

Alongside the hostas I have planted two heucheras from Waitrose – Little Cuties Coco and Peppermint. I love the variation of colours in the heuchera family. They are evergreen and don’t mind slight shade but I think I will water them today just to be on the safe side!

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Nice mix of hostas and heuchera. Both will be happy of a water while getting established but shouldn’t need much care once they’ve settled in.
    Good to see so many people in attendance at the protests. I’m planning for changing climate by adding more drought-tolerant trees and tall shrubs to provide more shade to keep the ground plants cooler. I added the two water butts this year, but have space for a few more. I’ve managed a lot of the watering this Summer through the two I’ve got but still had to use the tap some of the time.

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  2. fredgardener says:

    Seeing the #2 photo, I thought they were beautiful asters. They are nevertheless very pretty.
    About the Persicaria amplexicaulis, the flowers are much more attractive than those of my persicaria orientalis. An interest for this plant!

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  3. Lora Hughes says:

    The climate strikes’ve been great to watch. Hopefully something will happen, but perhaps it’ll take a changing of the guard, so to speak. I’m delighted to see your heuchera & hosta still blooming, while mine’ve been long gone. Also appreciated the info on watering hosta. I suppose a look at the foliage gives it away, but I also assumed they liked it damp. Good to know. You’ve still got lots of great colour in the beds & they all look good w/the pavers & wood (have I said that before? Undoubtedly.).

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  4. Good to see the younger generation doing something about climate change. Lovely Six as well!

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  5. I never knew that about Hosta’s cheers!

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  6. Heyjude says:

    If I can get my hosta out of its pot I might divide it and try bits in different parts of the garden and see which it prefers (if not completely decimated by S&S). As for your pretty Little Carlow, it will always be an Aster to me!

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