Piet Oudolf, pom-poms and fish fingers

Allium hollandicum Purple Sensation, Piet Oudolf borders at Wisley
Allium hollandicum Purple Sensation, Piet Oudolf borders at Wisley

A double border, 147 m long and 11m wide, designed by Piet Oudolf using large swathes of herbaceous perennials, grasses and shrubs – plants repeated along the length of this extravagant piece of theatre, running down to the lake and Glasshouse. Today, the pompom heads of Allium Purple Sensation provided the fun and drama, bouncing a rhythm through the fresh knee-high planting.

http://www.oudolf.com/piet-oudolf/gardens/public-gardens/wisley/wisley-1

I’m off to North Yorkshire later this month and may have time to visit his Walled Garden at Scampston. I’ve seen it in the autumn, all browns and gold, when the Katsura trees were toffee-scented and ribbons of Molinia grasses looked like giant fish-fingers. Trust me, they did. Check their website if you don’t believe me…

http://www.scampston.co.uk/gardens/the-walled-garden.html

Spring might just have reached these northern parts by the end of June, providing an altogether greener show.

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