The Glasshouse Borders at RHS Wisley – masterly and painterly, then – and now.

August 2015 this was, though these border will have evolved rather than been altered wholesale. The fruit mount I think is improved with alternating swirls of lavender and rosemary where earlier plantings have never been entirely successful. But a delight to spend some time wandering through these borders, down the wide grass sward to the…

What’s five years between friends? A tour de force – a tour around RHS Wisley – first up, the Herbaceous Borders

Another trip down memory lane - five years indeed to 1st August 2015 - and while there have been some significant changes at these RHS gardens - an entire new retail village and more coming besides - that particular first day of August really did look scrumptious. Enjoy.  The double herbaceous borders at RHS Wisley…

The Glasshouse Borders at RHS Wisley – masterly and painterly, still

From a vantage at the top of The Mount, looking down towards the lake and Glasshouse, these double borders mix perennials and grasses with stands of shrubs (like Cotinus), planted in ribbons that hop across from one side of the grass to the other. Well, you know this since I've come back to these borders…

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…

A return to Mottisfont Abbey; an Old Rose Pilgrimage

A pilgrimage to these gardens, for which, so far as the roses are concerned, we have Graham Stuart Thomas to thank principally and for the last 40+ years, the National Trust for preserving and enhancing his original collection of Old Roses. Mottisfont holds the National Collection of Shrub Roses. I met Jonny Bass, the head…

The Savill Garden and Windsor Great Park – summer cycling and a picnic, roses, dry gardens, shady glades and boggy bits, castles, lakes and wide open spaces

The Savill Garden was our first port of call today, an impressive collection of gardens within the larger vision of Windsor Great Park. I wanted to have a look at the rose garden in particular, a swirling design of tapering interlocking beds, the colour of the roses intensifying towards the centre (peaking with Munstead Wood,…

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…