This bed looked glorious all summer – and now looks terrible.
I had a Six Hills Giant nepeta (bottom left – this is dead, right?) next to a thing with pink flowers (bottom right – Spiraea japonica “Anthony Waterer” – looks nearly dead). I also had a Phlox in there (definitely dead). The only thing that seems to still be alive is the Escallonia “Iveyi”.
It’s a bit of a bugger because I’d thought that nepetas were virtually indestructible. Monty Don said they were. So, do I (1) replace it with another (bees went crazy for it and it revived quite a few we found in the house), (2) put something else there or (3) be lazy and just bung some lavender in there (bear in mind that my whole sodding garden will be a bunch of lavender at this rate)?
It has occurred to me that the reason so many plants keep dying may not be all the rain but may be slugs instead. They don’t eat lavender or rosemary. However, I still have some (very tired looking) sage so they haven’t eaten that.