Follow me as I tour the gardens at RHS Wisley – grasses and bananas, the Glasshouse (tropics and desert) and dry borders, fruit fields and a fragrant rose garden …

You've walked with me from the entrance at RHS Wisley through to the grass borders, across to the tropical border with towering bananas and cannas and past the dogwood collection (with willows and rubus) which are green green green at the moment but in winter are a forest of ruby, gold, scarlet, black and bone…

Tour de force – a tour around RHS Wisley – first up, the Herbaceous Borders

The double herbaceous borders at RHS Wisley are worthy of close attention and admiration. Individual plants are to be appreciated for the well-grown specimens they are, and combinations of plants can delight and surprise as the eye bounces along each long, deep border before the grassy runway ascends Battleston Hill with all the delights that…

and a few more roses – the glorious Bowes-Lyon rose gardens at RHS Wisley

A new rose variety to me, The Charlatan, in the Bowes-Lyon rose garden at RHS Wisley this afternoon - and immediately a favourite! Blush pink single blooms opening from deeper pink pointed buds. A central crown of golden & red stamens, very like Jacqueline du Pre, lifts an already attractive flower to greater beauty. Here…

Heroic herbaceous planting at RHS Wisley – early autumn fireworks

The double mixed/herbaceous borders at RHS Wisley in Surrey. A grand symphony! And there is still more to come, with asters just flushing into life to add more rich blue, vioet and purple to the mix. And in the adjacent Country Garden, just as much going on this early September. If you haven't been to…

Mellow Yellow – something to soothe after a 5am Alarm Call and my first visit to New Covent Garden Flower Market

Above - Helenium, Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm and Crocosmia George Davison. A busy day at Petersham Nurseries, after a 5am start to get to New Covent Garden Flower Market.... before closing the gates behind me this evening....

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?

Another chocolate fancy…

Cosmos Chocamocha A new-ish form of the favourite chocolate-scented, late-summer flowering Cosmos atrosanguineus... with even more chocolately aroma, velvety bronze-red flowers and all a little more compact, so less need for staking. It will flower, in full sun, from June to September and grow to a height of 45cm. A great companion for other late-flowering…