Fire and gold tints throughout this display – from an unexpected source – Spirea nipponica Snowmound is better known for its smothering of white blossom on arching stems in June and July but this vigorous shrub is putting on a spectacular finish, teamed with spires of Molinea grasses, fountains of green Liriope muscari, berries of Skimmia reevisiana and flowers of claret-red Skimmia rubella, caramel-coloured leafy Heuchera with peachy bells, heathers and deep green trailing ivies.
Elsewhere, bright yellow spires of Mahonia vie with arching stems of Cream Wave phormium, contrasting globes of box and myrtle, fragrant rosemary, the burgundy of an oak-leaved Hydrangea, white heather, grey cinerea and metallic silver Convolvulus cneorum, deep green leafy hellebores. White, silver, yellow and shades of green.
The Cutting Garden meanwhile is transformed – the sunflowers have been cut down, the dahlias lifted and the newly bare earth enriched with fresh bulbs – alliums, fritillaries, hyacinths and tulips galore.
These 4-5m bamboos, Phyllostachys aurea, are for one of my customers and I’m very pleased I managed to transport them, in my little Ford Connect Van using a little ingenuity, an open passenger-side window and some string to secure the tops against the wing mirror. Think part jousting, part tank….