Blue Spires

Russian Sage - Perovskia atriplicifolia Little Spire I'm quoting from Graham Stuart Thomas' book, Perennial Garden Plants and I think he is a fan. Ardent sun-lovers for well-drained soil. In shade they will flower but tend to sprawl. Though truly shrubs they are best cut to the ground every spring to encourage strong shoots and…

Canary Snowstorm

Dahlia Canary Fubuki A beautiful dahlia with (decasplit) blooms of lemon fading to the tips, literally translating as Canary Snowstorm. Growing to 1m-1.2m, preferring rich soils and probably needing some winter protection in colder regions. Deadhead regularly for a display that should carry on until the first frosts. Then either lift the tubers and store…

Chartwell and Winston Churchill

Chartwell, Kent. The Family Home of Winston Churchill A late-in-the-day decision to visit Chartwell (getting the best value from the National Trust annual membership), the family home of Winston Spencer Churchill. Presented very much as it was when it was their family home, with gardens that Winston had a great deal to do with -…