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…

RHS Wisley this time around, Alpine treasures and Butterflies in the Glasshouse

Butterflies in the Glasshouse at RHS Wisley and moving into the Alpine House next - Plenty of treaures in the Alpine House, Fritillaries especially on this visit Butterflies, first, in the Glasshouse at RHS Wisley - happily I timed my visit on one of the last days of this event (I feared I'd missed it)…

and now for something a little tropical… the Glasshouse at RHS Wisley

The lilac blue flowers at the base of the waterfall are Hypoestes aristata, next to the Bird of Paradise, Strelitzia regina. Sword Agave - last seen in the Hotel gardens in Madeira... The Glasshouse at RHS Wisley https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley/Articles/Greenspiration-at-Wisley  

Teddington Gardener goes International – Madeira Explored (Part 4. Jardim Botanico/Botanic Gardens)

The Botanic Gardens in Funchal, Madeira, are, and this is not a surprise, steeply terraced gardens with a mix of native and international flora, displayed in tropical, desert, formal, forest, succulent, medicinal and herbal.... different zones with winding paths leading up and down the hillside. There is a sad and unnecessary aviary here too with…

Sky News – a stunning Hibiscus

Hibiscus (detail) - these are in fact blooms at least 5" across (in old money), serene satellite discs with frosted icing, blushed pink and with beaujolais wine centres and a scaffolding of creamy white stigma and stamens. I don't  know the cultivar but am told it is hardy (root hardy maybe?). I might have the…

Researching the Mediterranean Garden…

A little trip to southern Turkey, on the Mediterranean, to soak up some garden inspiration.... Palms, pines and ancient olives... and mimosa, hibuscus, bougainvillea, vines, eucalyptus, lantana, opuntia, peaches and lemons, slender cypress....  a few aromatic and atmospheric planting ideas for UK gardens I think! and a little of this too - well, all work…

Bringing the tropics to TW11

Hibiscus Hamabo A medium-sized deciduous shrub, bearing these striking mallow flowers from late summer into autumn. Position in full sun, in a sheltered site and it will grow up to 1.5m tall and through. Holding a prized Award of Garden Merit from the RHS - The Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit (AGM) helps…