Monthly Archives: February 2011

Complementary Plants for Perennial Meadows

This will be the penultimate post in the Meadows 101 section of this site, but in many ways it is one of the most important. This series of posts aims to give an introduction to the ideas and practices of … Continue reading

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Digital Gardening Books – who will read them?

I have had seven books published and every one was a journey of discovery. There is no way to get to know a subject better than have to write a book about it. Wooly ideas have to be sorted out, … Continue reading

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Shrubs in the Perennial Border?

What I am about to write a lot of you will disagree with. In truth, what I am about to recommend is a rule I regularly break, but I do so in the full knowledge of the consequences. Keep shrubs … Continue reading

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A Low Maintenance Perennial Garden

Perennial meadows offer gardeners the opportunity to reduce the amount of garden maintenance they must undertake while at the same time increasing their garden’s appeal, both visually and for the benefit of nature, wildlife and the environment. Getting rid of … Continue reading

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Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Overdam’

The ornamental grass, Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Overdam’, is a plant I use more than any other in my own garden as well as being a theme plant in many of the perennial meadows I design. It forms a dense clump … Continue reading

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Can you grow Annuals in a Perennial Flower Border?

Annuals are not always true to their name as many which we grow from seed each year are in fact perennial plants that originate from warmer climates than our own. True annuals are often more delicate, etherial and ephemeral elements … Continue reading

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Theme Plants for Perennial Meadows

How do we select the theme plants that together make up the dominant look of our perennial meadows? Well, I shall try and set out my thoughts in the order I should logically develop a planting scheme, but in reality personal preferences … Continue reading

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Meadow Planting Scheme for Dry Steppe Growing Conditions

This series of posts has been quite theoretical up till now so perhaps it is time to look at an example of a perennial meadow planting scheme in order to understand just how plants are selected and used. The scheme … Continue reading

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Size and Shape of a Perennial Meadow within a garden’s design.

In my previous post about the difference between flower borders and naturaltistic perennial meadows, the first was described as a picture to be view and admired from outside while the other, the naturalistic planting scheme, was designed to be entered … Continue reading

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Flower Borders verses Naturalistic Perennial Meadows

The traditional herbaceous border uses perennials to create a show-stopping picture with plants organised to complement and contrast with one another; colours, textures and leaf patterns all play an important part in creating a display that draws our attention. Typically … Continue reading

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