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 […]

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 […]

clematis napaulensis

clematis napaulensis

This wonderful winter flowering climber is looking great in my clients garden today. Only a couple of months ago they called me asking if they’d killed it off…..napaulensis is dormant through the summer and in mid winter sprouts leaves and then these beautiful flowers.

Beautiful living willow tunnel…..

Beautiful living willow tunnel…..

I renovated  this willow tunnel a couple of years ago, each season it puts on incredible growth providing a lush play space. Willow domes, screens, dens and arbours are planted during the winter months, until around the end of march, whilst the stems are dormant. Email now to register your interest or to book an individual installation. enquiries@reneebrailsfordgardens.co.uk

Time for Tulips, Daffodils and Alliums – tips for planting bulbs

Time for Tulips, Daffodils and Alliums – tips for planting bulbs

‘Choose colours to compliment your early flowering alpines, spring blossom or hard landscaping.’  Tulips lift an emerging spring garden with a riot of colour and are well worth planting in bulk – so often I see gardens with a handful of bulbs here and there, but whenever I come across a more generous display the results are staggering. Even a […]