Six on Saturday in The City Garden in July

I been been away from The City Garden since the beginning of March with only four brief visits to The City Garden during the past four months. This Six on Saturday in The City Garden in July is therefore a rather sad story.

Planting on a sloping site

What if we treated the sloping site like a gravel garden, and planted with spaces between the plants?

Sloping site – first ideas

We have to tackle a blank canvas and a sloping site – and the plants need to be HARDY. The soil is normal, and there is sunshine, apart from the shade under the magnolia tree.

The site First ideas

What to plant underneath the magnolia tree? Euphorbias, Brunnera, Bergenias…

They murmured something about ‘a table and chairs for sipping wine…’ and I think either this, or a small tree, but we need some kind of focus to balance the magnolia. (I remembered this view at Pensthorpe.) And then hardy, easy care plants: Miscanthus ‘Kleine silberspinne’ and ‘Morning Light’ behind the table and chairs, with Cornus Alba ‘Elegantissima’ or Viburnum Opulus ‘Compactum’ along the barn wall on the right hand side.

And in the sunny part: Pennisetum Alpecuroides ‘Hamelm’, ‘Karley Rose’, or ‘Villosum’; Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, with Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ and Alchemilla spilling over the edges and attracting the bees.

And for height should we squeeze in Anemone ‘Hadspens Abundance’, Verbena Bonariensis? Or are Rudbeckia and Gaillardia better colours?


Evening in Suffolk Garden

I have been replanting one of the beds in the Suffolk garden – hard work – and at the end of day sagged into a chair with a glass of white wine to enjoy the results.

Perennials in Piet Oudolf’s Millennium Garden, Pensthorpe

The perennials, as well as the grasses, are looking absolutely gorgeous in this wonderful garden.

Piet Oudolf’s Millennium Garden, Pensthorpe

I returned to Pensthorpe to linger in Piet Oudolf’s Millennium Garden which seemed even more beautiful than ten days ago. The grasses are wonderful and the perennials are in full bloom. Don’t miss visiting this garden!

Molinia Caerulea 'Transparent' at Pensthorpe
Molinia Caerulea ‘Transparent’ at Pensthorpe


Millennium Garden, Pensthorpe
Millennium Garden, Pensthorpe

Carex, Pensthorpe

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RHS Hyde Hall

On a hot day, less windy than it has been, I visited RHS Hyde Hall. 

Planting for an entrance

The entrance gate makes the first statement about the property and gives a hint of what lies beyond. What should it say about you? Organised? Conventional? Imaginative?

A sloping site

It is difficult to give advice on planting. What would you do with a brief like this:

Summer in London

Slowly, slowly the new garden is settling down.

Alchemilla & Sanguisorba
Alchemilla & Sanguisorba

Miscanthus Sinensis 'Morning Light', Nepeta, & Gaillardia
Miscanthus Sinensis ‘Morning Light’, Nepeta, & Gaillardia

Japanese Anemones in bud, & Bergenias flourishing
Japanese Anemones in bud, & Bergenias flourishing

Pennisetum Orientale 'Karley Rose'
Pennisetum Orientale ‘Karley Rose’