The flat flowerheads of the Dark-leaved Elder, Sambucus nigra ‘Guincho Purple’, show rich raspberry and cream colours contrasting with its dark foliage. Beneath it the milky bellfower, Campanula ‘Loddon Anna’, makes a carpet of green leaves punctuated by rounded heads of lovely pale lilac, bell-shaped flowers. In the stone troughs, the low cushions of bright purple thyme are attracting lots of bees and hoverflies, and a Painted Lady butterfly has been sunning itself on the warm stonework. Look out for these butterflies this summer – they look pale brown in flight and have black and orange markings when settled. Meanwhile the tall golden oat grasses swish gently in the breeze overhead. Enjoy the beauties of summer in New Lanark Roof Garden this month!
Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger