June is a productive month to revisit gardens that we have designed and built, especially when the work was done in Winter or early Spring. During that time plants arrivde and once planted the perennials could only be noticed by a few small sticks. It takes all my efforts to assure clients that there is more to come! In this garden the overriding design theme was tranquility. We choose woodland plants to suit the large Cedar in the back garden. At the back the clients wanted a more open prairie feel so we used Sesleria autumnal and because the soil was [...]
Last week we looked at Beth Chatto's series of lakes that she created. This blog looks at her dry gravel garden. When you visit her garden in Essex the first thing you see is a lovely assortment of Mediterranean looking plants ribboned with gravel paths. Forty years ago this was just a car park. Then Beth decided to experiment with dry tolerant plants she had seen in her travels so instead of importing vast amounts of top soil she used the pre existing poor soil and stones as the foundation of the planting beds. In the last 40 years this [...]
This is a rare form of Acanthus mollis called 'Rue Leden'. There is a pink variety called 'Tasmania'.It is a fantastic plant in a dry, shady place where you want a lot of luxurient green foliage.It is considered by historians to have been the inspiration for the tops of the Corinthian columns in Greek/Roman architecture.