Acanthus mollis, daylilies and Japanese anemones are the main culprits.
This week, with my friend Alex doing most of the work, we’ve been pulling out the Acanthus or Bear’s Breeches which have smothered other plants.
The day lilies have similar thuggish tendencies.
Both plants have overwhelmed some lovely airy stands of miscanthus sinensis zebrinus or zebra grass.
I’m hoping the grass will recover to provide an extra dimension of colour, texture and height in the garden.
While we were doing this we also uncovered a tropical plant called a Ginger lily or hedychium densiflorum Assam Orange which should put up an exotic flower in late summer. It needs a lot of water and warmth to do well.
Elsewhere we’ve removed a clump of hemerocallis or daylilies to allow these hostas to shine even more.
There are gaps left by my seek and destroy mission which I hope I can plug with some ready grown dahlias.
Then in the autumn and winter I plan to revamp the borders completely and already have ideas which I am jotting down and discussing with Mum, Sarah, our lovely gardener, and Ros who’s been volunteering in the garden.
I’m going to continue to eradicate the day lilies and divide the dark red persecaria into three and dot it throughout this border.
I will also do the same with the hosta and some sedum and plant them at the front elsewhere.
The area in the photo below is all coming out and will become a wide grass path leading through the gap between the hornbeam hedge down some steps to the veg garden.
It’ll make life easier, improving access to the compost heaps and taps.