One very successful group was of Salix lanata growing in front of Lonicera â€˜Bag-gesenâ€™s Goldâ€™, with Berberis aureum beside it. As a bonus, the blue Viola comuta grew through the Berberis. The effect was very attractive. â€˜The soil is on the alkaline side, though, surprisingly, in one patch rhododendrons and azaleas do very well, but mostly we steered clear of lime-haters. â€˜Peonies seem to thrive. There were several varieties in the garden 1 Fountains, especially one on this scale, are embellishments to any garden. 2 White flowers – this is dahlia â€˜Bridal Momâ€™ – have always been favourites.