What if we treated the sloping site like a gravel garden, and planted with spaces between the plants?
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. What to plant underneath the magnolia tree? Euphorbias, Brunnera, Bergenias… They murmured something about ‘a table and chairs for sipping wine…’…
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.
The perennials, as well as the grasses, are looking absolutely gorgeous in this wonderful garden.
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! You may be interested in How to grow Molinia Where to buy grasses
On a hot day, less windy than it has been, I visited RHS Hyde Hall. Dr and Mrs Robinson bought Hyde Hall Farm in 1955 and a determined Mrs Robinson started gardening – what an extraordinary achievement – I think they would be pleased with the results today, and the pleasure they are giving to so many…
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?
It is difficult to give advice on planting. What would you do with a brief like this:
Slowly, slowly the new garden is settling down.
The bed along the fence moves from sunshine to shade, and includes a Viburnum Plicatum (which has been transplanted) and the damson tree. It is difficult planting but thankfully DeakinLock are immensely helpful and knowledgeable – and patient! And in the sunnier part of the bed there will be grasses through which the knautia may…