A reminder, before new work begins

Time to look back at one project from 2012, as plans are made to return to the garden, assess the plot after an absence of almost six months (for winners and losers both) and agree on schemes for other areas. Some of my very favourite plants here.

This blowsy old girl makes a splendid show

Clematis Mrs Cholmondeley, in my garden today 'This blowsy old girl makes a splendid show.' 'A (blue) large-flowered clematis that simply can't stop flowering. From tip to tip the early flowers are very large, but because of the narrow sepals and large gaps between them towards the base, one's impression is not so much of…

2013 Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year

Mahonia eurybracteata subsp. ganpinensis ‘Soft Caress’ has been crowned the 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year. Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’ was described as a fascinating new form with unusual delicate ferny foliage which softens borders. Bright lemon yellow scented blooms are followed by attractive blue berries. The Clematis ‘Lemon Dream’ was placed in…

Plant of the Year: RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Plant of the Year 2012 At long last, a package from Thompson & Morgan containing six plug plants of their perennial foxglove, three each of Illumination Pink (Plant of the Year at Chelsea 2012) and a new addition, Chelsea Gold. Thompson & Morgan Parentage from the little-known Isoplexis (Canary Island Foxglove) gives these exciting new Digitalis…

Patience will be rewarded

Princess Alexandra of Kent, a David Austin introduction from 2007, large flowers in glowing pink with scalloped outer petals and a rich fragrance. The first decent bloom at Syon.Darcey Bussell tried hard, but a poor first attempt, and the solitary flower from Kew Gardens, well!Good things come to those who wait.