Pink and Orange. Together? Oh yes!

Penstemon Pink Riding Hood and fragrant English Rose, Boscobel, from the David Austin stable. In fact, Boscobel has many guises and can be a deeper pink or stronger orange, depending on weather conditions and a mature shrub will have all shades represented, adding to the overall appeal. Fruity fragrance too. Pink and Orange can work.…

Just Agapanthus Queen Mum

One of my favourite Agapanthus this, Queen Mum (not even Queen Mother or HRH Queen Mother), a tall statuesque thing of beauty, with lilac-violet-blue blushes to the pure white trumpets, forming large globes held aloft at least 1m/1.2m above the strappy green leaves. No shrinking violet, this. Agapanthus praecox ssp. orientalis Queen Mum ['PMN06'] (Queen…

Is it deadheading – or wabi-sabi in action at Petersham Nurseries?

Deadheading the roses this afternoon - a necessary but enjoyable part of rose care and maintenance - and once again, a box of delights remains. Yesterday, three boxes of petals were given out for jam-making adventures. Today, slimmer pickings, one young girl took the whole tray with the expectation to taking them home to Edinburgh.…

RHS Wisley – a Rose Garden, a walk in the Woods, another Rose Garden, a Lily Pond and some groovy grass

The Jubilee Rose Garden at RHS Wisley (the old rose garden, being almost entirely roses).   Hydrangea paniculata Vanille Fraise (above and below) Hosta in flower Hydrangea quercifolia Harmony (above and below) Hemerocallis Frans Hals (above) Entering the Bowes-Lyon Roses Garden - featuring a little of the companion planting that showed up well in the…

The Trial Fields at RHS Wisley – Late, large-flowering Clematis. A pretty piece but really no use whatsover!

Having seen this display in the Trial Fields at RHs Wisley, my immediate intent was to produce a useful guide to the plants on show, and document the shape, colour and profusion of the cultivars on trial. I've been down this route before with the viticellas - and sweet peas, delphiniums and very likely more.…

Mayfield Lavender Farm – brought my camera this time….

Mayfield Lavender Farm, near Banstead, Surrey I had my camera with me this time, having passed this way almost a month ago on my way to pick up some pots from a nearby nursery. Returning for more pots, I was prepared and stopped and had a heady, fragrant wander through the lines and lines -…

The Piet Oudolf Glasshouse Borders at RHS Wisley – Poetry in Motion…

I've written about these borders before, the wide double near-mirrored plantings mixing grasses with perennials backed by taller shrubs (some coppiced like the Cotinus) and trees. Striking combinations include the Echinacea with the Eryngium Silver Ghost, and the superb Sanguisorba Red Thunder mixing in with the grasses - likened to a swarm of angry raspberries!…