Europe Zone: mid May to early June

As in a real meadow, late spring to early summer is a point of transition in the Europe Garden, as the main flowering period begins.  Gradually, more colour starts to appear.  Euphorbia palustris is still the main player, but the colour is becoming more subdued – changing from the strident acid yellow of earlier in the spring through to a softer yellow-green.

Geranium sylvaticum ‘Mayflower’ is also flowering now – teaming the Geranium with the Euphorbia is a favourite spring combination of mine.  And the Allium relative, Nectaroscordum siculum rises up through to flower, soft green, pink and orange-brown.  This has turned out to be a good bee attracting plant.  Also rising up to flower is Phlomis russeliana – one of the structural perennials planted in linear blocks to enhance the loose mixed perennials and grasses.  Of course, this plant has a presence from now on for the rest of the year.

Below: Scattered groups of Nectaroscordum siculum flowering amongst the Euphorbia and grasses

Above: Geranium sylvaticum ‘Mayflower’ with Nectaroscordum siculum

Above: Clumps of the Giant Scabious, Cephaleria gigantia, rising in height as they are about to flower.

Below is a gallery of photographs of the Europe Garden in late spring and early summer.  Click on an image to enlarge.