Author Archives: Michael

Tulips in my garden

Now is the time to make a list of the spring flowering bulbs and especially the tulips you need to order for planting in the autumn. With the bulbs in flower in front of you – there is no better moment to … Continue reading

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Dutch Garden Wave Tidy Up

  The naturalistic style of planting popularised over the past twenty years by Dutch garden designers, including myself, places great importance upon perennials that look good throughout the winter by retaining their form either as dead skeletons or by way of … Continue reading

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Whispering Grass

  As gardeners there are two groups of purple moor grass to be aware of: Molinia caerulea subspecies caerulea which flower somewhere between knee and hip height and Molinia caerulea subspecies arundinacea which top head height.   The taller of … Continue reading

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Tulips – Design & Plant – a new eBook

I have just released a new eBook on tulips. Without tulips many perennial meadow and naturalistic planting schemes would be very dull at the beginning of spring. I mix them into my borders, dropping them into any spaces I find … Continue reading

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Light Shining through the Autumn Garden

Sun must shine in autumn to reveal what the season has to offer. My bulbs are all planted, the garden is tidy and I have finished moving plants around that seemed in the wrong places. Now is the time to … Continue reading

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The Same Border July and November

By early summer this border had lost the fresh colours of spring bulbs and matured into a gentle green cavern. Now in November, the fountains of ornamental grasses have brought movement to a space that sparkles in the season’s low-angled sunlight. … Continue reading

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Excitement in the Autumn Garden

Perennials and shrubs continue to offer up surprises and pleasure in the late autumn Perennial Meadows’ garden. Grasses making an important contribution include various cultivars of Miscanthus sinensis; some tall and dramatic, others stiffly upright and low-growing forms such as … Continue reading

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Bulbs get eaten by mice and voles

As you can see bulbs, and in particular tulips, are amongst my favourite flowers. However, six years ago I hit a big problem; mice and voles started eating the bulbs – every single one of them. In that year I … Continue reading

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Summer, Perennials and Thoughts on Maintenance

Designing mixed perennial meadow plantings is all about choosing plants that work together well over an extended period of time by uniting into a living community where each has a part to play. Books will tell you that such plantings are … Continue reading

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Tulip Order

They are early this year, but Tulipa sprengeri are flowering in the garden and this marks the end of the tulip flowering season. There is no better time to plan your bulb order than now whilst the memories of the past season’s … Continue reading

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