A few scribblings on creating a White Garden

  Creating a White Garden Straight out of the block, I'm talking about green. And grey, silver, and variegation. We'll get to white but a few thoughts first. ‘Green is the backdrop to the garden but in its range of shades and textures, green has much more to offer as any foreground interest. Grey dims,…

Just a dash of yellow…

Yellow polyanthus, providing some relief from the concentrations of hellebores that are the subject of many recent posts. More Hellebores will there be, but in the meantime, a pause for a dash of yellow, tempered by fresh green foliage. On balance, the yellow primroses and polyanthus are more likely to be scented (closer to the…

Primlets – sweetheart rosebuds in sorbet colours

Primlets, a very pretty but extremely tough addition to the family of primroses and polyanthus and at your garden centre now - dark green, textured leaved subtly scented evergreen in milder areas a rainbow of colours double, rosebud flowers edible flowers full shade to part/bright shade in the garden and great for containers flowering December…

Dark chocolate and blackberry

Dark leaved Heucheras, very useful 'evergreen' perennials Now I love a Heuchera and every season, there are more and more to delight. These three are in the darker spectrum, Mahogany (rich, chocolately), Black Beauty (glossy, deep blackcurrant) and Binoche (unusually, a matt near-black). Typically growing to between 40-80cm, a leafy crown of ruffled leaves, topped…

A detailed exposition on the theory and use of the colour wheel in garden design with particular reference to late-summer planting combinations

Japanese Anemone Queen Charlotte against bi-coloured Kniphofia Pink, orange, purple, green, yellow and blue. Works for me!

Fantasy Pocahontas, I kid you not….

A new one on me (and I think pretty new to the market), this diminutive Anemone goes by the unlikely name of Fantasy Pocahontas. Why I know not, but it is growing on me. At first sight the small flowers (about the size of a ten pence piece) are just a mite too fussy but there is…

Bee Magnet

Echinops bannaticus - Blue Globe Thistle A very useful perennial for the sunny border, preferring well-drained soils, where it will produce a tall, broad, branching plant up to 150cm in height. The flower buds are attractive, perfect spheres, steadily opening to reveal blue flowers - creating a globe of colour. A massed effect as seen…

Centaurea ‘Amethyst on Ice’

A rather lovely form of knapweed, Centaurea montana Amethyst on Ice, with contrasting inner, and longer, outer florets. Perennial cornflowers prefer sun, poorer soils and good drainage, lime too. I'm looking forward to seeing an all 'black' flowered form, the name of which entirely escapes me at the moment....