Q… K for Kew – an hour through the woodland, family beds and rock garden…

Aconitum Bicolor (below)   From here, we leave the Family Beds borders and step into the Rock Garden (bypassing the superb Salvia Borders are there is still a long way to go before they look at their best - October at least) First, this extravagant show of seedheads which at first I took for Pulsatilla...…

G for Green – leafy, verdant, lush, spotted, striped, palmate, pinnate, tropical, variegated, shiny, polished, aromatic, toothed, silvered, spiny, berried, bold, ferny, golden….

Catalpa bignonioides Aurea All this greenery, in all its variety, I photographed at RHS Wisley last week. No fireworks, no rainbow colours, but you could make a satisfying garden with just leafy palette.... Myrtus communis (below)

B for Begonia

Begonia Fireworks, part of a small display in the Glasshouse at RHS Wisley. Reminds me that I rather like them and should find room for one, or three, at home. I overheard a customer just this last week commenting on how tolerant of, how shall I say, a regime of benign neglect they can be.…

Late, large-flowering Clematis at RHS Wisley – Bloomin’ Marvellous in the Trial Fields

The same situation here, two double rows of plants, growing up tall, roughly woven obelisks, laid out for inspection, assessment and examination - late, large-flowering clematis on trial at RHS Wisley. I was here last year and maybe the year before so that would make this at least year three of the trial. Some varieties…

It’s all going Vincent van Gogh – Sunflowers on trial at RHS Wisley

You know the form by now, a few notes and lots, lots and lots of photos. Sunflowers in the spotlight this time, Helianthus annuus, laid out in two double rows at the bottom of the Trial Fields at RHS Wisley, and glorious they are too. I admit that these photos aren't really going to tell…

Agapanthus on trial at RHS Wisley

The Trial Fields at RHS Wisley are full of hopeful contestants for the coveted Award of Garden Merit and plants are submitted to the RHS so that, over a number of years, they can be assessed and performance recorded and rated. Agapanthus are going through this process at the moment (and large, late-flowering Clematis, annual…

Early Hydrangeas at RHS Wisley – a tour through the meandering paths on Battleston Hill

If you go down to the woods today, there are a lot of Hydrangeas to see - the collection at RHS Wisley is excellent although many fine specimens have either lost their name plates entirely, or these are so overgrown by the verdant foliage as to be lost all the same. These I have not…