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. What to plant underneath the magnolia tree? Euphorbias, Brunnera, Bergenias… They murmured something about ‘a table and chairs for sipping wine…’…

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! You may be interested in How to grow Molinia Where to buy grasses

RHS Hyde Hall

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…

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?

The Fence Bed

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…