The spectacle of the Double Herbaceous Borders at RHS Wisley at the height of summer! I definitely have Border Envy though I appreciate how much work goes into this long-lasting display. Such healthy happy plants too.

The Country Garden, pictured below is no less of an extravaganza but the effect in many parts is of a beautiful soft gauzy floatiness …  well, you can see for yourself –

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Ammi and Hordeum

Ammi and Hordeum

Hordeum jubatum and Cosmos

Hordeum jubatum and Cosmos

The Jubilee Rose Garden, like the Cottage Garden, sits behind the Double Herbaceous Border but is an entirely separate room. Just roses, in wide concentric beds, with wide grass paths, some metalwork for the roses to climb up and over and seats in a central space. There’s a view across to the House and then to the tall trees of Battleston Hill, but otherwise it’s roses all the way. By contrast, the Bowes Lyon Rose Garden by contrast (and not visited on this occasion) has a mix of bold herbaceous planting to compliment the roses.

From the top of the rose garden, the ground rises and you enter the meandering circuit of woodland paths that wind around Battleston Hill – or take the direct route up the grassy strip (to the Rocket, just now) and directly into the Trial Fields. Forgive me for saying, but the hustle and bustle of the gardens elsewhere always recedes into a gentle cool calm, with glades of sunshine and hydrangeas now, as you meander around Battleston Hill. True even in School Holidays.

To finish, a hotch-potch of plants – from the Trial Fields and Plant Centre, mostly, but they mop up the last of the edited ‘Highlights’ of my afternoon at Wisley. Obviously I missed out huge swathes of the gardens – but the supermarket beckoned and I hadn’t thought to spend so long in the Trial Fields. The evolving Glasshouse Borders need to be seen in their High Summer glory and the Alpine House always has new treasures. 7-acre Wood has been delightful in Spring and early Summer and that’ll be on my agenda next time around. The Grass Borders and the cool of the Pinetum … So many gardens in one, so little time …

Another patch of Wildflower meadow

Another patch of Wildflower meadow

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