How did this happen?
The plan for this strip of plants along the front of the house was to soften the brick wall with soft pinks, some wine red, and green neutrals. Later in the year the focal point is a clear white clematis 'Henryi' that climbs the iron sunburst trellis.
But now, in early spring, the soft pink heath (Erica darlyensis 'Ghost Hill') is actually magenta, and it is surrounded by Sedum 'Angelina', which has turned fiery gold.
The wine red accent was supposed to come from this tall urn, which is actually a deep rust brown, setting in a pool of gold sedum.
It's a riot of bronzy colors right now, in April. Rust and gold and brown and that little pop of magenta heath (there are actually two of them.) The tall plant in the background above is a juniper, 'Gold Cone' which will stay narrow and upright for this tight space at the corner of the wall.
At the very front edge along the walk there is another sedum, 'Red Carpet', which adds an additional fall color of deep crimson to the riot along the front walk.
I never planned for this kind of spring display.
In summer it does go pretty and pink. That was the design. The sedum 'Red Carpet' blooms bright pink as it creeps over the sidewalk, and there is a willowy, bouncy gaura with rosy blooms above it. A billowy amsonia is in the background. The urn looks more wine colored here, doesn't it?
The clematis is bright and white and a nice contrast against the brick, rising above al the pink frothy stuff.
And in late summer, the whole effect is softened as the tall sedums and the creeping sedums and the gaura and everything else fades.
But in earliest spring I have a burnished tapestry, all autumn shades, all fiery bright and the only real color anywhere in my awakening garden. In earliest April daffodils aren't up yet, tulips are just green spears nosing out of the soil, and even the forsythia is not quite open.
As we wait for spring to arrive in this cold part of New England, my front walk can be seen from down the road and across the neighborhood, an out of control blast of rich gold and bronze colors.
A spring riot of fall color.