Getting dizzy in the Grass Borders at Kew…

Getting dizzy in the grass borders at Kew.

The Woodland Garden, Salvia Border & Grass Beds at Kew Gardens – cool wanderings on a warm summer day

Kirengeshoma palmata (below) Actaea rubra ssp argenta (below) and in the Salvia borders... just beginning to colour up (the show ought to go on until November) The last image is of Salvia argenta - silver-fur and quite gorgeous. The name plates for almost all the salvias in the border are lost amongst the exuberant foliage.…

Chokushi-Mon, a Japanese Garden at Kew

The Japanese Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Beautiful here in mid-winter, with sculpted box, evergreen waves of Liriope muscari, flowering Iris unguicularis, clipped Pachysandra terminalis, Cotoneaster and Callicarpa in berry, a few choice Chaenomeles flowers, beautifully spreading Winter Cherry - Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis, sunshine and raked gravel.   http://www.kew.org/heritage/places/japaneselandscape.html

Golden brown texture like sun…

Golden brown texture like sun Lays me down with my might she runs Throughout the night No need to fight Never a frown with golden brown Every time just like the last On her ship tied to the mast To distant lands Takes both my hands Never a frown with golden brown Golden brown finer…

Christmas Eve at RHS Wisley

Bright stems of dogwood, willow and ornamental blackberry by the lake in the RHS Gardens at Wisley There was a little doubt whether these gardens would be open today after the storms over night - many gardens have been forced to close today - but hard work on the part of the garden team made…

Piet Oudolf & Tom Stuart-Smith at Wisley

We've been here before, the double borders created by Piet Oudolf at Wisley, combining perennials with grasses, wave after wave - and the equally dramatic planting around the lake, concentric arcs of repeated blocks, catching the low autumn sun. The Piet Oudolf Borders pre-date the Glasshouse and are relatively mature now, evolving along their considerable…

Live and let die…

Piet Oudolf Borders at RHS Wisley Much that one can say about prairie style planting and especially the combination of grasses with late season perennials, is that the show doesn't stop when the blooms die and the rot sets in - add low, slanting sun, a stiff breeze for animation and later, frost and snow…

Grasses take centre stage…

A little more to look forward too, as border grasses take on their golden garb and become the main attraction. These pictures are from the RHS Gardens at Wisley, featuring the double Piet Oudolf Borders running between the orchards and the lake. A few more weeks and the show will be at its zenith -…