Alchemilla mollis with potentilla
This trio makes a quiet corner in the late spring, early summer garden. The chartreuse of the alchemilla is picked up by the yellow centres of the potentilla and the leaves of all three have a bluish-grey tinge, highlighting the variety of their leaf shapes. The similarity between the emerging alchemilla leaves and the palmate potentilla leaf are a surprise and add to the interest of the grouping. By the time the potentilla blooms, the white bleeding heart has stopped but this foliage trio remains pleasing until the summer heat carries the bleeding heart into its unlovely decline. At which point I cut it down and leave room for the expanding leaves of an oak-leaved hydrangea behind it.