Just the pictures this time around – it is for the overall impact of these borders that I took the time to visit, rather than a label-by-label guide to naming of individual plants. I’m quite sure I’ve done that before and a quick search in these pages may provide some further elucidation. In the meantime, with the sun catching these contrasting bold shapes, evanescent forms and oh-so-tactile seed heads, enjoy!
As promised – and be careful what you wish for in future – a grand gallery of roses captured yesterday in the riot of colour that is the Bowes Lyon Rose Garden at RHS Wisley in Surrey. The newer of two rose gardens, this features wide, broad and ascending (or descending) paths with generous steps, pools of oval lawns, lush perennial planting with shrubs (especially the Cornus), Sambucus, Cotinus, Willows and plenty of grasses – the Stipa gigantea will have […]
Categories: General comment • Tags: Absolutely Fabulous, Achillea Moonshine, Allium, Alstoemeria Princess Paola, Alstroemeria Princess Claire, Alstroemeria Princess Sara, Aphrodite, astrantia, Astrantia Midnight Owl, Astrantia Roma, Astrantia Ruby Star, Atrabti, Belmonte, Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden, Brother Cadfael, Burgundy Ice, Calla Lily, Calla Lily Picasso, Caradonna, Cardinal Richelieu, Cariad, Chanpagne Celebration, Charles de Mills, Chinatown, Comte de Champagne, Cornus Celestial, Cornus Eurostar, Cornus John Slocock, Cornus Venus, Cotinus, Crocus Rose, Crown Princess Margareta, Darcey Bussell, David Austin rose, Daybreak, De Rescht, Dianthus Mojito, Dictamnus alba, Dictamnus albus var purpureus, Digitalis Sutton's Apricot, Elina, England's Rose, English Garden, English Roses, festuca Intense Blue, Fighting Temeraire, floribunda, Flowering Dogwoods, For your eyes only, Frau Dagmar Hastrup, Gardenia, Geranium Orion, Geranium pratense Mrs Kendall Clarke, Geranium Rozanne, gertrude jekyll, Geum Mrs J Bradshaw, Gold Spice, Golden Beauty, Golden Wedding, Grace, Grande Amore, grasses, Gruss an Aachen, Hakone Grass, Hakonechloa macra, Harlow Carr, Hemerocallis lilysomething ..., Home Run, Hot Chocolate, Hybrid Tea, Iceberg, Iris germanica Tangerine Sky, iris Tangerine Sky, Just Joey, Kew Gardens, Lady Hillingdon, Lady of Shalott, Leah Tutu, Lichtkonigen Lucia, Lucky!, Luoin Tequila Flame, Lupin Purple Swirl, Lupin Tequila Flame, Lyda Rose, Midnight Owl, Moody Blue, Moonlight, Mortimer Sackler, Mountbatten, Mrs Oakley Fisher, My Valentine, Norwich Castle, Onopordium acanthum, Onorpodium acanthum, Paeonia Buckeye Belle, Paul's Lemon Pillar, peony, Perdita, perennials, Persetosa, Poetry in Motion, Primula bulleyana, Primula viallii, Princess Alexandra of Kent, Princess Anne, Rambling Rector, RHS Wisley, Rosa, Rosa alba Semiplena, Roscoea Jeffrey Thomas, roses, Rosy Cushion, Sally Holmes, Sambucus, Sambucus Eva, Sheila's Perfume, Silene latifolia subspo alba, Silver Ghost, Sir John Betjeman, Skylark, Solero, Super Trouper, Susan Williams-Ellis, Tequila Sunrise, Tequiqla Flame, The Charlatan, The Generous Garadener, The Generous Gardener, The Pilgrim, Toprose, Tree Ferns, Twice in a Blue Moon, Ulmus x hollandica Damieri Aurea, Varenna Allen, Varrenna Allen, Velvet Fragrance, Welwyn Garden Glory, Wild Edric, willow, Wisley 2008, Wollerton Old Hall, York Minster, You're Beautiful, Young Lycidas, Young Princess
Well, Acers first – from Wisley and Kew, Winkworth Arboretum and here and thereabouts! Followed by the rest of the As through to C ..s …. and moving on through the D E F and a touch of the Gs – there’s a whole little gallery of Gentians afterwards – the more colourful elements throughout these galleries can probably be attributed to the splendid RHS Shades of Autumn London Show. Gentians, as promised – luminous blues, deep sapphires and […]
Categories: Acid-loving plants, Alpine, Architectural Plants, Autumn garden, dark foliage plants, evergreen perennial, Evergreen shrubs, Flower Shows, Fragrant plants, General comment, Grasses, herbaceous, Hydrangea, Japanese Maples (Acers), Magnolia, Ornamental trees, Plants for a shady garden?, Rhododendron & Azalea, Seasonal colour, Trees, Trees for smaller gardens, Woodland Garden • Tags: acers, Aster, Autumn, cherries, Erica, Euonymus, Euphornia, Fagus, Ferns, Fothergilla Gladiolus, Gentian, grasses, Hedera helix, Hesperantha, Heuchera, Heucherella, Hydrangea, Ivy, Kew Gardens, Leucadendron, lily, magnolia, Mahonia, Malus, Mespilus, Miscanthus, Myrica, Nerine, Nyssa, Ophiopogon, Osmanthus, Panicum, Parrotia, Parthenocissus, persicaria, Picea, Pinus Polypodium, Polystichum, Prunus, Pulchellus, Quercus, RHS Shades of Autumn Show, Rhus, rubus, rudbeckia, Ruscus, Salvia, Saxifrage, Sorbus, Stewartia, Streptocarpus, Symphyotricum, Thuja, Tibouchina, Tilia, Trachelospermum Tricyrtis, Viburnum, Winkworth Arboretum, Wisley, Woodwardia
I’m preparing for a workshop covering the possibilities for gardening in a little – or a lot – of shade and have begun to put together the gallery (above, but more to come) to illustrate some of the contenders that anyone tackling such a proposition might entertain. Damp shade and dry shade, dappled shade and beneath trees and hedges, on sunless walls and more open northerly aspects, covering the woodland floor or brightening up a summer container. The possibilities […]
Categories: Bedding, Bulbs, Camellias, Climbing plants, container gardening, evergreen perennial, Fragrant plants, General comment, Grasses, Hellebore, herbaceous, Hydrangea, Japanese Maples (Acers), late summer border, Plants for a shady garden?, Rhododendron & Azalea, Seasonal colour, Summer garden • Tags: Acanthus mollis, Acer, Aconitum, Actaea, Actea, Ajuga, Akebia quintata, Alchemilla mollis, Anemone Andrea Atkins, Anemone Bressingham Glow, Anemone Honorine Jobert, Anemone hupehensis praecox, Anemone Prinz Heinrich, Asarum, Asplenium, astrantia, Bergenia, Brunnera, buxus, Camellia, Campanula porshkayana, Cenolophium denudatum, Chaerophyllum roseum, Choisya ternata, Chokushi-Mon, Cimcifuga, Clematis, Clematis Carnaby, Clematis montana, Clematis Mrs N Thompson, Clematis Nelly Moser, climbing hydrangea, comfrey, Convallaria majalis, Cotoneaster horizontalis, Crinodendron, crocus, Cyclamen, Cyclamen Coum, Cyclamen hederifolium, damp shade, Daphne odora aureomarginata, Deschampsia cespitosa, Dicentra, Digitalis, Doronicum, Drimys winteri, dry shade, Dryopterix felix-mas, Edgworthia chrysantha, Eleagnus, Epimedium, Euonymus Emerald Gaity, Euphorbia amydalloides var robbiae, Fatsia japonica, Fern, fuchsia, galanthus., Garrya elliptica, Geraneum ROzanne, Geranium nodosum, Geranium phaeum, Gillenia trifolata, grasses, Hakonechloa, Hedera, Heuchera, Honesty, Honeysuckle, Hosta Blue Umbrellas, Hosta Guacamole, Hosta sieboldiana var Elegans, Houttuyna, Hydrangea Annabelle, Hydrangea anomala supsp petiolaris, Hydrangea macrophylla, Hydrangea macrophylla Zorro, Hydrangea paniculata, Hydrangea Pinky Winky, Hydrangea Vanille Fraise, Hypericum, Iris foetidissima, Itea, Ivy, Jack Frost, Kerria, Kirengoshima palmatum, Lamium maculatum, Lamium orvala, Lapageria rosea, Lemon Balm, Leucojum aestevum, lily, liriope big blue, Liriope Monro White, Liriope muscari Moneymaker, Lonicera Halliana, Looking Glass, Lunaria, Luzula sylvatica, Meconopsis betonicifolia, Mentha, mint, moist shade, Myrrhis odorata, Osmanthus, Pachysandra terminalis, Pathenocissus, perennials for shade, Phlox, Polgonatum, Polystichum, primula, Primula viallii, Ralph Shurgart, rambling roses, rhododendron, Rosa rugosa, Rose, Rose Mme Alfred Carriere, Rose Souvenir du Dr Jamain, Rudbeckia laciniata var ampla, Sarcoccoca confusa, Schizophragma, shade, Skimmia japonica, Smyrnium perfoliatum, sunless walls, Symphitum Hidcote Pink, Tellima grandiflora, Tradescantia, Tricyrtis macropoda, Viburnum davidii, Viburnum tinus, Vinca major, Vinca minor, Viola odorata, Zantedeschia aethiopica
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 November and the effect is magical. Greys and blacks – Sedum, Perovskia, Eryngium Silver Ghost, Phlomis, Euphorbia, Eupatorium – mix with warm browns and golds […]
Categories: Architectural Plants, Autumn garden, Garden Design, Grasses, RHS WIsley, Winter Garden • Tags: Agastache Blue Fortune, Beech hedging, Calamagrostis, Calamagrostis brachytricha, Cotinus, Cotinus coggyria, Cynara, Echinacea, Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea Rubinglow, Echinops Veitch's Blue, Eryngium agavifolium, Eryngium Silver Ghost, Eupatorium, Euphorbia, Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfennii, Euphorbia White Swan, Fascination, Gaura lindheimerei Whirling Butterflies, Glasshouse borders, grasses, Helenium hoopesii, Helenium Rubinswerg, Helenium The Bishop, Helenium Wyndley, Hibiscus moscheutos, Karl Foerster, Miscanthus, Mixed Grass Borders, Molinia, New Perennial Planting, Pennisetum, Perovskia, Phlomis, Phlomis russeliana, Phlomis tuberosa Amazone, Piet Oudolf, RHS Wisley, Salix, Salix alba var. vitellina Yelverton, Salix alba Yelverton, Sanguisorba Red Thunder, Sanguisorba Tanna, Sarcoccoca confusa, Sedum Autumn Joy, Sedum Herbstfreude, Sedum matrona, Stipa, Tom Stuart-Smith, veronicastrum, willow
The Grass Borders at Kew Gardens, another part of these gardens that really is at its peak at this time of year. Catching the late afternoon sun, the stems and seed heads are glowing in every shade of gold imaginable. A perfect place to see a whole catalogue of grasses, how large they grow, their colour, their habit – pendulous, weeping, stiff and upright – and particularly how they move in the breeze. A real delight.
Categories: Autumn garden, Grasses, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew • Tags: Carex, Cortaderia, Deschampsia, Festuca, grasses, Hakonechloa, Helictotrichon, Kew Gardens, Miscanthus, Molinea, ornamental grasses, Panicum, Pennisetum, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Spartina, Stipa
Fire and gold tints throughout this display – from an unexpected source – Spirea nipponica Snowmound is better known for its smothering of white blossom on arching stems in June and July but this vigorous shrub is putting on a spectacular finish, teamed with spires of Molinea grasses, fountains of green Liriope muscari, berries of Skimmia reevisiana and flowers of claret-red Skimmia rubella, caramel-coloured leafy Heuchera with peachy bells, heathers and deep green trailing ivies. Elsewhere, bright yellow spires of […]
Categories: Architectural Plants, Autumn garden, Bulbs, Climbing plants, Cutting Garden, dark foliage plants, David Austin roses, evergreen perennial, Evergreen shrubs, General comment, Grasses, Hellebore, Hydrangea, my projects, Open to the public, Petersham Nurseries • Tags: autumn colour, Convolvulus cneorum, Cream Wave Phormium, David Austin Roses, Fragrant English Roses, grasses, Heather, Hellebore, Heuchera, Hydrangea quercifolia Snow Queen, Ivy, Mahonia, Molinia, Myrtle, Petersham Nurseries, Phyllostachys aurea, Skimmia reevisiana, Skimmia rubella, Spirea Snowmound
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 temptress Through the ages she’s heading west From far away Stays for a day Never a frown with golden brown Never a frown With golden […]
Categories: Architectural Plants, Autumn garden, General comment, Grasses, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Wildlife gardening, Winter Garden • Tags: Calamagrostis, Carex, grasses, Kew, Miscanthus, Pennisetum, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
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 to town for this show – and so glad I did. A great collection of nurseries and gardening folk, with plants from all over the […]
Categories: Autumn garden, General comment • Tags: Agapanthus, alpines, asters, Autumn Garden, Bonsai, chrysanthemums, dahlias, gladioli, grasses, heucheras, Horticultural Halls, martagon lilies, nerines, RHS, RHS Shades of Autumn Show, salvias, succulents
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 I…
Categories: Autumn garden, General comment • Tags: Agapanthus, alpines, asters, Bonsai, chrysanthemums, dahlias, gladioli, grasses, heucheras, Horticultural Halls, Lindley Hall, martagon lilies, nerines, RHS, salvias, Shades of Autumn, succulents
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 too…. Two further slideshows will follow tomorrow and Thursday.
Categories: Autumn garden, Flower Shows, General comment • Tags: Agapanthus, alpines, asters, Bonsai, chrysanthemums, dahlias, gladioli, grasses, heucheras, Horticultural Halls, Lindley Hall, martagon lilies, nerines, RHS, RHS Shades of Autumn Show, salvias, succulents, Vincent Square
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 – great colour and strong structure, before the worst of the winter weather muddles it all up a bit. Nevertheless, a little chaotic or not, add […]
Categories: Abstract Photography, Autumn garden, General comment, Grasses, RHS WIsley, Seasonal colour • Tags: autumn colour, Calamagrostis, grasses, Hordeum, Miscanthus, Molinia, November, October, Pennisetum, Piet Oudolf, RHS Wisley, Stipa
A double border, 147 m long and 11m wide, designed by Piet Oudolf using large swathes of herbaceous perennials, grasses and shrubs – plants repeated along the length of this extravagant piece of theatre, running down to the lake and Glasshouse. Today, the pompom heads of Allium Purple Sensation provided the fun and drama, bouncing a rhythm through the fresh knee-high planting. http://www.oudolf.com/piet-oudolf/gardens/public-gardens/wisley/wisley-1 I’m off to North Yorkshire later this month and may have time to visit his Walled Garden […]