Pink & Orange – Be Brave!

Helenium Sahin's Early Flowerer in the foreground, Phlox paniculata Otley Choice behind... Now here is a combination that sings (it might even shriek, just a little bit) but late summer colour in the herbaceous border is often strong, nearly always bright and usually planted with contrast in mind. These two long flowering plants are really…

Kniphofia Prince Igor

Huge flowerheads of Kniphofia Prince Igor, towering over the roses and mixed herbaceous planting in the Bowes Lyon Rose Garden at RHS Wisley. Now I know kniphofia and I have had a mini-affair recently  - with Mango Popsicle specifically - but this - THIS - this is a significant presence in the border, a very…

Madame A. Meilland

Rose Madame A.Meilland (1942) Claudia Dubreuil, born in 1887, became Madame Meilland when she married Antoine Meilland. She died in 1932 at the comparatively early age of 45. Six generations of Meillands have been rose growers. They are still the most famous rose growing family in France, and the family firm produces some 12 million…

Passiflora citrina

Hailing from the hills of Honduras/Eastern Guatamala, Passiflora citrina is a delightful form of passionflower, found growing in moist pinewoods. A beautiful free-flowering plant which may be in bloom 10 months of the year. Pollinated by hummingbirds, if you have one about your person. The leaves are very distinct, paddle shaped and quite a lot…

Piet Oudolf Borders at RHS Wisley

Echinacea purpurea Rubinglow and Echinacea purpurea Green Edge Here, at the top of the border near The Mount, it is a battle between the Echinacea Rubinglow and Green Edge, though the balance is far in the favour of plummy purple cultivar. Allium seed heads provide some contrast too. The ground here, as well as being…