Piet Oudolf Borders at RHS Wisley

Echinacea purpurea Rubinglow and Echinacea purpurea Green Edge Here, at the top of the border near The Mount, it is a battle between the Echinacea Rubinglow and Green Edge, though the balance is far in the favour of plummy purple cultivar. Allium seed heads provide some contrast too. The ground here, as well as being…

Sneezeweed

Though I couldn't find a plant label for this magnificent stand of Heleniums in the Duke's Garden at Kew, it is most likely Sahin's Early Flowerer, with an Award of Garden Merit. Long ray florets are a mixture of yellow and brownish red in irregular streaks and surround a brown centre and it flowers from…

Scampston Walled Garden

The Plantsman's Walk, Or a little less than one quarter of it, leading into the Walled Gardens at Scampston in North Yorkshire. An avenue of limes with a border mainly of spring-flowering plants, including Paeonie rockii and Edgworthia chrystantha (two of my favourite plants, featured earlier in these entries), underplanted with many bulbs, and autumn…

Piet Oudolf, pom-poms and fish fingers

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…