Monthly Archives: January 2011

Grow Perennial Plants from Seed

Perennial meadows fill our gardens with drifts of colour and texture replacing labour intensive lawns and dull areas of gravel and ground cover. However, this new trend in planting design has one big downside – the cost of the large … Continue reading

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Is naturalistic planting for you?

In comparison to a carefully planted and staked traditional herbaceous or perennial border the naturalistic style can look loose and untidy. Your personality will dictate which you prefer – order or chaos. Formal planting with plants arranged at regular intervals … Continue reading

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Naturalistic Planting Schemes for Garden Landscapes

Naturalistic is a term being used to describe a modern trend in garden planting design, but what does it mean? You would think it meant “like nature”, but none of these so-called schemes resemble anything I have ever seen in … Continue reading

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At the end of January my garden is a mess!

But that’s fine, it should be, the annual cycle is complete and now is the time to get busy outside. My garden is filled with perennial plants which start into growth in spring, reach a peak sometime later and come … Continue reading

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Meadows 101

This category will build into a series of articles that explain how the concept of perennial meadows has developed, where and how they should be used within gardens as well as the practical aspects of designing, planting and maintaining them. … Continue reading

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What is a perennial meadow?

Let me make a start with a simple example of a perennial meadow. This is one of the planting areas created last year for a garden within the courtyard of an old people’s home in the centre of Amsterdam. The … Continue reading

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my Perennial Meadows

My perennial meadows are created with densely planted pot-grown plants that can be set into an infinitely flexible arrangement of beds and borders to cover anything from a small patch of soil in a city centre courtyard to a field in … Continue reading

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