At the top of Lands End Way at the bypass roundabout junction, Oakham In Bloom have maintained a wildflower bed for several years.
Since the building of the petrol station and convenience store (Marks & Spencer Simply Food & BP) the site has become even more important with the increased traffic and exposed area from the removal of hedging and fencing by developers.
In 2015 Oakham In Bloom were given a generous donation by Oakham Town Council and volunteers were able to start work to reshape the flowerbed and update the planting to a herbaceous prairie border.
Describing the 2015 planting scheme, Gardening Co-ordinator Craig Howat said, ‘The floral colour palette is a soft yellow and blue scheme, with foliage of soft silvers and greens and contrasting form and structure. The yellows towards the centre of the scheme darken and take on more golden and orange hues while the blues blend to purples before returning to dreamy blues and soft yellows.”
The plant list for the Lands End Way includes:
Kniphofia ‘Gladness’ – apricot poker flowering in July
Kniphofia ‘Tawny King’ – another good orange poker
Achillea ‘Martina’ – mustard colour flowers in June-September
Achillea ‘Moonwalker’ – bright yellow flowers with bright green foliage
Veronica ‘Inspire Pink’
Helenium ‘Goldfuchs’ – deep golden flowers with a deep brown boss
Anthemis triumfetti – evergreen with soft yellow daisy flower
Wild Meadow Tansy Tanacetum corbybosum – a relative of Tansy with repeated daisy flowers throughout the summer
Salvia x jamensis ‘Nactvlinder’ – deep purple shrubby salvia that’s hardy.
Lavender ‘Sawyers’ – lovely grey foliage and deep blue flowers
Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’ – lovely soft blue catmint that forms clumps
Anemone x hybrida ‘September Charm’ – lovely clear pink single flowers held on tough wiry stems up to 3 feet tall
Verbascum bombyciferum ‘Arctic Summer’ – large white clothy leaves with a tall spike of yellow flowers
Cotton Lavender Santolina chamaecyparissus
Buddleia ‘Summer Snow’
Scabious ‘Butterfly Blue’