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

The Savill Garden in Autumn (Part 4)

http://www.theroyallandscape.co.uk/gardens-and-landscape/the-savill-garden/ Please do look through their own website and if you are anywhere near, any time of year, go visit! There you are - the final installment from The Savill Garden, this afternoon. OK, I confess, I did continue around the vastness of Virginia Water, but those photographs come later...

Acers in my garden

Acer palmatum dissectum Acer palmatum Atropurpureum Acer griseum These three acers are all in pots, at the bottom of the garden and effectively screened from the house by a miniature forest of boisterous bamboos and all manner of more traditional ever-greenery. They form a backdrop to the thatched Breeze House (placed under the canopy of…

Japanese Maples – planning for some garden fireworks

Japanese maples, come Autumn time, can give some of the most exciting displays as their leaves turn to bonfire shades. Many make excellent trees for the smaller garden and many are happy in containers too. They prefer a little dappled shade - a more open site if they are kept well watered but not the…