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Adding Structure to Perennial Planting Schemes

Perennials are by their very nature loose and informal especially when combined into contemporary naturalistic planting schemes. The traditional herbaceous border was created as a tableaux to be viewed from outside and was given structure by being given a framework … Continue reading

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Evolution of a Perennial Meadow

Four years ago I created a series of demonstration borders for Lianne’s Siergrassen; a specialised ornamental grass nursery in the north of the Netherlands. This was one of the “Perennial Meadow” schemes two week ago (mid-July 2012). Four summers on, … Continue reading

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Success with Perennials – Establishment and Maintenance of Planting Schemes

It is now three years since I planted nine separate perennial meadows to illustrate my eBooks and they are looking fantastic. In fact they looked good in the first year, but now we can begin to see just how successful … Continue reading

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Have ephemeral perennials a use?

Well actually, yes, but it all depends on what we mean by an ephemeral perennial. Ephemeral things (from the Greek, ephemeros – literally, lasting only one day) exist only briefly, such plants may be short lived or flower only briefly. … Continue reading

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New Look Perennial Plant Borders

There is a lot more to the idea of a perennial meadow than simply the random arrangement of a group of compatible plants to create a matrix of vegetation to replace an old lawn. In the series of posts – … Continue reading

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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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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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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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