Sometimes it pays to put your specs on and peer a little closer.
The plan was that the Eccremocarpus scaber would scramble up the dark leaved Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’. The orange tipped scarlet flowers would be shown off beautifully by the close-to-black backdrop of the Eastern ninebark. I must confess, this brilliant idea was a blatant rip-off from something I had seen in the Hot Garden at RHS Rosemoor. Here they are grown through the fastigiate beech, Fagus sylvatica ‘Dawyck Purple’ and Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’ or suchlike. Unfortunately the Chilean Glory Flower didn’t get the memo outlining the preferred route to be taken. Instead it thought a much better option was to use a variegated myrtle as a crutch and however much I tried to gently suggest otherwise, its mind was set. It had other plans. Not quite so dramatic perhaps, but definitely more original.