Trentham Gardens – Part 2 – Italian Garden by Tom Stuart-Smith

Trentham Gardens – Part 2 – Italian Garden by Tom Stuart-Smith

A perfect example of old meets new, formal meets informal. Working from an existing traditional Italianate structure, from the 1800’s and filled with modern, naturalistic palette of plants. In 2004 it was planted with 80,000 perennial plants in 70 different flower beds. The box hedging, and topiary combined with many grasses, and architectural perennial plants provide year round interest.

Trentham Gardens – Part one – Piet Oudolf’s Floral Labyrinth

Trentham Gardens – Part one – Piet Oudolf’s Floral Labyrinth

I visit lots of gardens, and I learn something from each one. Then there are those which I love so much that I don’t want to leave. Piet Oudolf’s abundant drifts of perennials towered around me, the bright, bold colours as valuable as the tiny subdued seedheads. I felt immersed in colour, texture, scent and the busy […]

Every garden needs a journey – Ideas from Melbourne Hall

Every garden needs a journey – Ideas from Melbourne Hall

I only wish I could convey my childlike joy, journeying through a garden of avenues & vistas with discoveries and options at every turn. Melbourne Hall gardens unfolded revealing delicious scents, pools & fountains, cloud pruned yew hedges, fine ironwork and statues. Finally, hidden within the dark formality an abundant, colourful garden with choice planting. […]

Inspiration at Tatton Park RHS Show 2015 

Inspiration at Tatton Park RHS Show 2015 

A brilliantly inspirational show; here are a selection of my favourites with ideas to use for your garden. Leon Davis – quantum of light features bands of planting (a definite trend) radiating out from a central pool. A solid blobbery of clipped buxus and strong steel columns providing a bold backdrop to a mix of more […]

Hydrangeas National Collection at Darley Park, Derby

Hydrangeas National Collection at Darley Park, Derby

I finally managed to capture some pics of the Hydrangea national collection at Darley Park – http://hydrangeaderby.co.uk Hydrangeas have 2 main flowering types; the mophead type and lacecaps whose delicate flowers hold petals on the edges of the blooms. Useful for shadier sites and heavy soils, Hydrangeas are good in pots, borders and even for clothing walls and combine […]

A Playful & Elegant Garden of rooms – Scampston Hall Walled Gardens

A Playful & Elegant Garden of rooms – Scampston Hall Walled Gardens

I think a good test of a garden lies in how the space feels in winter. I visited Scampston in early spring on the opening day for the new season so the famous grasses and prairie planting were still dormant. Scampston, designed by Piet Ouldolf, had long been on my must see list and for […]

Today’s new plant….Magnolia wilsonii

Today’s new plant….Magnolia wilsonii

I love to add a new plant to my repertoire, and today the sumptuous, blossom of the purest white with striking dark stamens grabbed my attention and I quickly snapped these pics. I identified the distinctive pendulous flowers to be Magnolia wilsonii and I’ll be trying to find a new scheme to plant one of […]

Italian Inspiration

Italian Inspiration

I was interested to recognise so many of our native plants growing in the wild in Italy when the climate there is considerably more extreme, sambucus, oak, etc and garden shrubs such as wisteria and philadelphus. Of course the longer hotter summers provide host to more succulent species and of course olives and figs a […]

Fabulous Fused Willow

Fabulous Fused Willow

When grown in close contact woody plants can fuse together, willow is especially adaptable to training in this way and can be used to create strong structures.