This corner of the garden has produced its own Chelsea Garden design: a bank of buttercups and Herb Robert. Lets see what the judges say…
The pink and yellow colour scheme of these small yet eye-catching flowers interspersed with restrained subtlety above a fragmented green background of intricate foliage results in pleasant contemporary planting that would suit any low-maintenance garden.
The smell of Stinky Bob is supposed to deter deer and rabbits, and rubbing the leaves on your skin has been noted to ward off mosquitos. I can confirm that we have no deer or rabbits in this garden, sadly not remotely related to the presence of all this Stinky Bob, and I’m unsure if there are mosquitos. It’s also a commonly chewed leaf for alleviating sore throats, but I’ve never tried that myself. The plant was named after a French monk famous for his healing skills. In more recent but still pre-NHS days it was a popular countryside medicine for toothache, nosebleeds and skin ailments among many other things, so its healing properties are of interest to scientists. Perhaps we’ll find measurable antibiotic or antiviral uses for in the future too.
Until then, its a pretty little pink geranium that clashes nicely with the buttercups.