Monthly Archives: August 2011

Perennial Meadows – Bringing structure, focus and impact to perennial planting schemes.

To generalise, perennial plants are soft, loose, frothy and amorphous when we compare them with trees and shrubs and especially so when we clip trees and shrubs into shapes and hedges. When designing gardens we are told to start with … Continue reading

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Perennial Meadows – Plant driven design.

The plants you include in a garden will surely influence its design – well, yes and no. In the Netherlands the native flora and different ecological habitats are celebrated in a network of so-called heemparks or native plant parks. These … Continue reading

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Perennial Meadows – Ideas and expression within planting design.

Is colour enough? No, in a word. Of course it is the first thing we see when looking at planting schemes and it can strongly influence their impact, but colour alone is only a small part of the challenge of … Continue reading

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Perennial Meadows – Design Principles

The two things we always and regularly do with gardens is look at them and walk within them. Of course there are more possibilities: we drink and eat there when the weather is fine, we play, we entertain and maybe … Continue reading

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Perennial Meadows – Mass planting, mixed planting or do we mean matrix planting?

The lawn is dead, long live the perennial meadow – this has long been my philosophy. Last week I was in a conventional garden with grass paths and island beds and it really seemed strange, but reassuringly nostalgic! Finding the … Continue reading

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Perennial Meadows – Designing a painting is fundamentally different from designing a planting scheme.

Paintings we frame and consider as art. Gardens are sometimes considered as art, but the elements we use to frame them form part of their design and maybe also part of their “art”. Here at Perennial Meadows we are concerned … Continue reading

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Perennial Meadows Series

Spring is still a fresh memory, summer is with us and autumn is approaching; no better time then to assess our gardens and make plans. If you can manage to plant up new perennial schemes over the next two months … Continue reading

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