G for Green – leafy, verdant, lush, spotted, striped, palmate, pinnate, tropical, variegated, shiny, polished, aromatic, toothed, silvered, spiny, berried, bold, ferny, golden….

Catalpa bignonioides Aurea All this greenery, in all its variety, I photographed at RHS Wisley last week. No fireworks, no rainbow colours, but you could make a satisfying garden with just leafy palette.... Myrtus communis (below)

Luxuriating in decay – the Glasshouse Borders at RHS Wisley

The Glasshouse Borders at RHS Wisley There is much to recommend these borders - the long double beds running down from the Fruit Mount to the Lake and running in concentric, linking arcs around the reflecting mirror of water and bounding the Glasshouse. Add a clear sky and low slanting sun, at the end of…

The Piet Oudolf Glasshouse Borders at RHS Wisley – Poetry in Motion…

I've written about these borders before, the wide double near-mirrored plantings mixing grasses with perennials backed by taller shrubs (some coppiced like the Cotinus) and trees. Striking combinations include the Echinacea with the Eryngium Silver Ghost, and the superb Sanguisorba Red Thunder mixing in with the grasses - likened to a swarm of angry raspberries!…