The shady garden in summer and into autumn … beginning an A-Z

Another year and all set for another workshop dealing with the shadier aspects of summer in the garden – I’ve loved some of the gardens at Chelsea where shade was exploited to glorious effect, so will add to the gallery when I have a moment …. in the meantime, here is the original – due credits to all the publications mentioned of course.

The Teddington Gardener

I’m preparing for a workshop covering the possibilities for gardening in a little – or a lot – of shade and have begun to put together the gallery (above, but more to come) to illustrate some of the contenders that anyone tackling such a proposition might entertain. Damp shade and dry shade, dappled shade and beneath trees and hedges, on sunless walls and more open northerly aspects, covering the woodland floor or brightening up a summer container. The possibilities are endless!

A cheat coming up, on the typing out long latin names front at least, with a gallery of pictures taken from some of the more accessible books on the subject, though if shade is your lot, come winter or summer, more detailed reading would be recommended and I’ll put together a more comprehensive bibliography soon.

In the meantime, I hope these snippets will help –

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Meet Ausowlish, Auschimbley and Austritch – or rather my first look at Roald Dahl, Bathsheba and Imogen – 2016 introductions from David Austin Roses

New from David Austin roses, Roald Dahl, pictured here at RHS Chelsea Flower Show - an English Musk Hybrid with the trade name of Ausowlish. A touch of Comte de Champagne, The Lark Ascending  - shapely like Skylark and a touch of Jude the Obscure ... Altogether a pretty, poised rose - From the David…

More to delight from RHS Wisley …

  Cool hostas for a shady spot; bright - and fragrant - Azaleas to share the limelight and much more besides - perennials and shrubs for sun and shade, a couple of climbers .... A snapshot of late May (the second May Bank Holiday weekend is upon us!) ...    

In my favourite Alpine House – RHS Wisley in Technicolor

  In the Alpine House at RHS Wisley, a kaleidoscope of colour (I know I've used that particular description on more than one occasion but it works for the rainbow of colour on display quite perfectly). And in the gallery below, from their Plant Centre, more Alpine and Rock Garden stars ... Just galleries this…

P P P P Pick up a Pelargonium …..

RHS Wisley has put on a fantastic display of Pelargoniums in the Glasshouse - such colour and fragrance (the scent in the leaves in this instance). Clearly they can be bright and bold, frilled, starbursting and bi-coloured but there are stunning varieties with simply beautiful foliage (oak-leaved and variegated for example) as well as those…

Petersham Nurseries – Glorious flowers for a wedding and other beauties that caught my eye today (Agapanthus, Alliums, a Blackbird, Camassia, Corydalis, Cosmos, Euphorbia, Geum, Iris, a Viburnum called Watanabe)

A wedding being celebrated in the Nurseries today and my talented florist-colleagues Thomas Broom-Hughes and Flora Lawson have been busy creating these beautiful displays. Worthy of more than a few photographs I should say. The Cutting Garden provided an opportunity for a few 'captures' this evening too, as I left Petersham Nurseries. While the new…

Kew Gardens – Early One Morning/Lazing on a Sunday Morning

Kew Gardens once again opens its gates at 8am for Friends of Kew, right through the Summer. I took advantage of this early opening on Sunday before heading over to Petersham Nurseries and really appreciated the cool calm and quiet - there were other folk about but few and far between (it's a big place)…

A few more things that caught my eye – just no horticultural captions this time (think of it as an identity test)

A bit of summer colour - bedding if you like - but colour and fragrance abound in boundless choice. Perennials in here too but this I'm doing on my iPod therefore a) I hope it works and b) I'm keeping it simple!

A few things that caught my eye – lots and lots of Acers and a kaleidoscopic ‘A to V’ (not quite Z) of both herbaceous and shrubbery loveliness …

Some rather gorgeous Acers here, just plumping up for the season ahead with much colour and fine forms to admire. A collection that absolutely caught my eye along with the next little selection ... an Anchusa to Viburnum alphabet of nearly-summer beauties -