The Teddington Gardener

What do Red Rum, Tequila, Manhatten, Towering Inferno and slippers have in common?

Lupins – Masterpiece (purple) and Beefeater (red) – two outstanding, robust and free-flowering cottage garden plants from West Country Lupins (their website noted below). Strong of stem, these sturdy plants giving several weeks of flower in the early summer. Fantastic colour combinations in varieties such as Towering Inferno, Manhattan Lights, Persian Slipper, Tequila Flame and Red Rum. Literally, brilliant. Masterpiece featured in the floral brilliance of the Royal Barge last summer (along with Rose Munstead Wood), therefore a real class act!

Last minute, I added Masterpiece to the semi-circular border in Roehampton just freshly planted in May 2012, for  both the drama and a strong vertical accent. So glad I did – just one plant really lifted the whole infant scheme. I’ll probably add more now.

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