Am I blue?

Asters and Hydrangeas, Salvia patens and Indigo Spires, and Caryopterix, Clematis viticella, Agapanthus, Viola, Penstemon, Verbena bonariensis, Dianella & Geranium Rozanne, Crocus and Heliotrope... the blues and violets of an Autumn garden. Mix them up with rich purples and pinks (I'm thinking Sedums here) and the golds and oranges of  Heleniums and Helianthus  - and…

Gawd Bless ‘er – Agapanthus ‘Queen Mum’

Agapanthus Queen Mum - broad, strappy leaves with tall stems topped with these large, bi-color globes (individual flowers are blue and white on the outside/pure white on the inside). From this angle, the blue is reserved for the sky.... Writing in the Telegraph, Bunny Guinness expands on the subject - How to get the best out…

The Duke’s Garden at Kew – great herbaceous planting, a gravel garden and some exotics

This last one, trained on the wall of the house, is Abutilon Cythia Pike. Of the rather lovely exotic pictured above that, with the feathery foliage and the long red wands, I have yet to put a name to it. Did I see something similar in Cape Verde?

Agapanthus Regal Beauty

Agapanthus Regal Beauty, a new planting by the Temple of Arethusa (and by the Campanile) at Kew Gardens. I missed photographing them the last visit (damned batteries!) but they are still in fine fettle. I was not the only one stopping to admire these gorgeous creatures. How to grow: Agapanthus We show you how to…

RHS Wisley – a Rose Garden, a walk in the Woods, another Rose Garden, a Lily Pond and some groovy grass

The Jubilee Rose Garden at RHS Wisley (the old rose garden, being almost entirely roses).   Hydrangea paniculata Vanille Fraise (above and below) Hosta in flower Hydrangea quercifolia Harmony (above and below) Hemerocallis Frans Hals (above) Entering the Bowes-Lyon Roses Garden - featuring a little of the companion planting that showed up well in the…

Shades of Autumn III

A final slideshow featuring the floral exhibits at the RHS Shades of Autumn Show at the Horticultural Halls, which ran over two days earlier this week. I had been a little disappointed with the Spring shows this year and was in two minds as to whether I should make the (modest) effort to go up…

Shades of Autumn II

A second gallery from the RHS Shades of Autumn show, a two day event closing yesterday, featuring an inspiring collection of plants and gardening folk... Happy to be reminded of plants out of mind, to find names for those which have eluded me and to see some inspiring planting combinations. Gold Medals all round, say…

Shades of Autumn

The RHS Shades of Autumn Show at the Horticultural Halls in London - packed full of plants and inspiration and a rather better show than one or two of the more recent events. Bonsai, chrysanthemums, salvias, nerines, dahlias, asters, heucheras, grasses, agapanthus, gladioli, martagon lilies, alpines, succulents - and tradional fruit and vegetables on display…

My Roehampton Garden

My garden project in Roehampton Late summer coming and there is quite a subdued palette - so I have added the kniphofia I've been photographing a lot recently (Mango Popsicle) to the mix - it will look great with the golden grasses, pop against the pink of the rose Harlow Carr, and sing against the…