More gems from the Alpine House at RHS Wisley….

The Alpine House at RHS Wisley, as usual, its two long sandy benches packed with plants at their peak - the display changes weekly to showcase the best of their vast collection. Cyclamen there were aplenty (in fact, mostly) but the bright sunshine, despite the shades, would have rendered their subtle colours lost on any…

and a few more roses – the glorious Bowes-Lyon rose gardens at RHS Wisley

A new rose variety to me, The Charlatan, in the Bowes-Lyon rose garden at RHS Wisley this afternoon - and immediately a favourite! Blush pink single blooms opening from deeper pink pointed buds. A central crown of golden & red stamens, very like Jacqueline du Pre, lifts an already attractive flower to greater beauty. Here…

Just a few roses…

and finally, Grace, once more. These are all in the original rose garden at Wisley, small-ish, enclosed, formal beds filled with many kinds of shrub roses and some climbers. Symmetrical and balanced with pretty much no other planting save for the roses. By contrast, the Bowes-Lyons rose garden, which is much more expansive, mixes roses…

Hydrangeas all the way at RHS Wisley – definitely #hydrangealove

Hydrangea macrophylla Altona (above) Hydrangea paniculata Limelight (below) Hydrangea paniculata Vanille Fraise (below) Hydrangea Early Sensation (below) Hydrangea paniculata Chantilly Lace (below) Hydrangea paniculata Dolly (below) Hydrangea PanHydrangea paniculata Big Ben (below) Hydrangea paniculata Unique (below) Hydrangea macrophylla Nymph (below) Hydrangea paniculata Angel's Blush (below) Hydrangea aspera Kawakamii Group (below) Hydrangea quercifolia Applause (below) Hydrangea…

Heroic herbaceous planting at RHS Wisley – early autumn fireworks

The double mixed/herbaceous borders at RHS Wisley in Surrey. A grand symphony! And there is still more to come, with asters just flushing into life to add more rich blue, vioet and purple to the mix. And in the adjacent Country Garden, just as much going on this early September. If you haven't been to…

Thug, the Petersham cat, reminding us that is is bulb planting time…

We might just have stepped into September, but bulb planting - or at least bulb choosing time - is upon us. Certainly the best choice in the shops is now, even if you are going to delay planting up in the garden and in containers for a few weeks yet. Tulips really should be left…

The Savill Garden – more #hydrangealove

The Glades, a woodland garden within the whole that is The Savill Garden, holds an impressive selection of mature trees and shrubs and a more recently planted collection of hydrangeas - of every type and hue. This might be their third year, though some specimens seems a little more mature while other swathes of plants…

A Royal Landscape – The Savill Garden in late summer

The Savill Garden is a wonder, 35 acres of woodland and ornamental gardens all within the Royal Landscape of Windsor Great Park. There are displays for every season and just now, the herbaceous borders within the Summer Gardens are just gorgeous and, for another post, the hydrangeas in The Glades too. Complete your visit with…

Marmite, Poodles and Sunflowers

A lovely warm September day and the sunflowers in the Cutting Garden at Petersham Nurseries were glowing as I left for the day. Towering above the not insubstantial dahlias, cosmos, lavatera, zinnia, verbena bonariensis, remnants of sweet peas and so much more, there are several varieties planted - I picked out two here, a tawny…