A horticultural hotch-potch from RHS Wisley, ending the first visit this week to these extraordinary gardens (I returned the following day for another 6 hour marathon….)

The King and Queen (Henry Moore) looking down the Lily Pond, with a carpet of Agapanthus Castle of Mey at their feet And so ends my first visit to RHS Wisley in almost three months but I think I made a good job of photographing it to death! Plenty more to explore and I returned…

I think an Ark is needed….

Campsis radicans, a vigorous tropical-looking climber with orange trumpet flowers. Requires a sunny, sheltered site - and room to grow. A mature specimen is a glorious thing. Penstemon Riding Hood Purple (below), intense colour on a shorter plant, happy in the front of a sunny, well-drained border, even an alpine bed. Crocosmia Emily McKenzie (below)…