The Garden Guide

Book: Colour schemes for the flower garden
Chapter: Chapter 5 The June garden

Perennial poppies

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Beyond this group, and only separated from it by some pale yellow Irises, are two plants of the Dropmore Anchusa Opal, marked A on the plan, of pure pale blue, and another clump of Spiroea Aruncus {Aruncus Sylvestris}, marked S, and one of a good pure white Lupine, with some tall clear yellow Irises and white Foxgloves. Now the colouring changes, passing through a group or two of the rich half-tones of Irises of the squalens section to the perennial Poppies; Papaver rupifragum nearest the path and, next to it, Papaver pilosum: both of a rich apricot colour. Backing these is a group of the larger hybrid that nearly always occurs in gardens where there are both P. rupifragum and P. orientale. In appearance it is a small orientate with a strong look of rupifragum about the foliage. As a garden plant it has the advantages of being of an intermediate size and of having a long season of bloom, a quality no doubt inherited from rupifragum, which will flower more or less throughout the summer if the seed-pods are removed. A plant of Oriental Poppy of the tone of orange-scarlet that I know as red-lead colour, and some deep orange Lilies complete this strongly coloured group.