Kniphofia Prince Igor

Huge flowerheads of Kniphofia Prince Igor, towering over the roses and mixed herbaceous planting in the Bowes Lyon Rose Garden at RHS Wisley. Now I know kniphofia and I have had a mini-affair recently  - with Mango Popsicle specifically - but this - THIS - this is a significant presence in the border, a very…

Phantom

Laser-cut silhouettes of Hydrangea paniculata 'Phantom' Billowing clouds of Hydrangea paniculata 'Phantom' A magnificent shrub, Hydrangea paniculata 'Phantom' has huge conical white flower heads, tapering clouds up to 45cm long. The flower bracts the are pale green in early summer, turning white from July to August, finally darkening to pink before falling in September. For largest possible…

Sneezeweed

Though I couldn't find a plant label for this magnificent stand of Heleniums in the Duke's Garden at Kew, it is most likely Sahin's Early Flowerer, with an Award of Garden Merit. Long ray florets are a mixture of yellow and brownish red in irregular streaks and surround a brown centre and it flowers from…

Parcevall Hall Gardens, Yorkshire Dales

Just pictures, for now, of this fascinating Arts and Crafts Garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Such a magical place and combining the best of all worlds - a cultivated garden amid so much wild beauty.

Scampston Walled Garden

The Plantsman's Walk, Or a little less than one quarter of it, leading into the Walled Gardens at Scampston in North Yorkshire. An avenue of limes with a border mainly of spring-flowering plants, including Paeonie rockii and Edgworthia chrystantha (two of my favourite plants, featured earlier in these entries), underplanted with many bulbs, and autumn…

The nights are drawing in…

No garden is complete in autumn without a Michelmas daisy and Aster tongolensis 'Berggarten' is an immensely pretty one. A creeping, mat forming perennial it is quite different from the taller, more familiar species and starts flowering right at the start of summer. Its fine- petalled, lavender-blue daisy rays are dotted with soft orange centres…