Hampton Court Flower Show 2017 – The Show Gardens: Brownfield Metamorphosis

  I’m very aware that I am not opening my Hampton Court coverage with classically beautiful gardens. In my quest to offer the fullest overview possible, I rarely get around to detailing my favourites, which was certainly the case last year. So this year, instead of starting with a lengthy perambulation around the showground, which […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Melinis repens

Chinese factories are not renowned for their landscaping – a few scrubby trees and sickly pot plants are likely to be the most natural greenery on offer. But once in a while one finds something interesting. At the end of the day, outside an ugly building in the middle of southern China, I spotted this […]

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Glorious Goodnestone, Part II: Graceful Grasses

I have to admit I am not terribly well informed when it comes to grasses. My vocabulary extends about as far as Stipa and Dechampsia but not far beyond, so those of you who don’t care for Latin names can read on without fear of being bamboozled. Sadly, neither of our gardens offers the space […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Fuller’s Teasel

Last weekend went by like a whirlwind – so much to catch up on whilst September flew away on the breeze.  It was good to reacquaint myself with both both our plots, but also to visit one of our favourite local gardens, Goodnestone Park, where the gravel garden was at its zenith.  Fine grasses towered […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Eupatorium purpureum

Need some colour at the back of your herbaceous border in late summer? Then look not further than Eupatorium purpureum, otherwise known as Joe Pye weed. The legend of Joe Pye is shrouded in mystery. He may or may not have been a Native American, living in the 18th or 19th century, and is said to […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Stipa gigantea

Grasses come into their own in late summer, their feathery plumes rendered golden in the lowering sunlight. King of all the garden grasses is Stipa gigantea, the giant feather grass, which alongside Verbena bonariensis classes as the best of all architectural perennials. Given space to develop a wide shuttlecock of seed heads, Stipa gigantea will […]

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Manhattan Ghandi

In a corner of Union Square, New York City, a bronze sculpture depicting Mohandas Gandhi strides confidently through a sunlit grove of Magnolias, underplanted with grasses and variegated Liriope.

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The Salutation, Sandwich (Part 2)

In amongst the exuberant herbaceous borders and hot, tropical plantings of The Salutation in Kent there were also some carefully considered planting combinations to be found. I particularly liked this very photogenic pairing of Echinacea “Fatal Attraction” and an undentified ornamental grass, perhaps a species of Stipa. The dark stems and blood-red flowers of the […]

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