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…

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…

Roses and what to put with them – two rose gardens at RHS Wisley and some delicious complimentary planting

Hot Chocolate, in the Jubilee Rose Garden at RHS Wisley. I've seen this paired up with dark spiky salvias to great effect - just thinking about it, how about Amistad in the background. How sumptuous would that be? The Jubilee Rose garden, with central terrace and beds radiating outwards between grass paths, is a traditional…

RHS Wisley – a Rose Garden, a walk in the Woods, another Rose Garden, a Lily Pond and some groovy grass

The Jubilee Rose Garden at RHS Wisley (the old rose garden, being almost entirely roses).   Hydrangea paniculata Vanille Fraise (above and below) Hosta in flower Hydrangea quercifolia Harmony (above and below) Hemerocallis Frans Hals (above) Entering the Bowes-Lyon Roses Garden - featuring a little of the companion planting that showed up well in the…

My Roehampton Garden

My garden project in Roehampton Late summer coming and there is quite a subdued palette - so I have added the kniphofia I've been photographing a lot recently (Mango Popsicle) to the mix - it will look great with the golden grasses, pop against the pink of the rose Harlow Carr, and sing against the…

Kniphofia Prince Igor

Huge flowerheads of Kniphofia Prince Igor, towering over the roses and mixed herbaceous planting in the Bowes Lyon Rose Garden at RHS Wisley. Now I know kniphofia and I have had a mini-affair recently  - with Mango Popsicle specifically - but this - THIS - this is a significant presence in the border, a very…