Category Archives: Shrubs

Shrubs with Perennials

Shrubs are at their most useful when they bring height and flower colour to those gardens dominated by perennials. This is the case in my own gardens in early summer. I try to select shrubs that will sit high and command … Continue reading

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Combining Perennial Meadows and Shrub Feature Borders

I have been telling everyone about Pachyphragma macrophyllum over many years, but still it is a little known ground cover perennial. Shrub feature borders combine special shrubs with other plants to create bold units of planting that play a role … Continue reading

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Shrubs in Perennial Meadows

A shrub feature border consists of a selection of characterful woody plants presented within a mixed perennial meadow planting. The concept has arisen from a need to use shrubs with more effect in planting designs. In the same way that … Continue reading

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Berberis – A Prickly Subject

As part of my current research into the use of shrubs in planting design I have recently spent a few days in England visiting amongst other things the national collection of berberis at Sherwood House in Devon. This privately owned … Continue reading

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Thinking about Shrubs – Part Three – Design

The model for using shrubs in European gardens has hardly changed in decades, maybe even centuries. It seems to stem from a time when gardens were considerably larger than is currently the case and a period in which new plants … Continue reading

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Thinking about Shrubs – Part Two – Top Criteria for Selecting Shrubs for Gardens

How do you choose the shrubs you grow in your gardens? Most gardeners, like me, read books and become inspired to try out something new. Many more visit the garden centre in spring and choose something attractive that appeals to … Continue reading

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Thinking about Shrubs – Part One – An Introduction

What, you might ask, is to be said about shrubs in a web blog devoted to the use of perennials in meadow gardens? Well, quite a lot really. I have visited enough so-called cutting edge, contemporary gardens with their wide … Continue reading

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Online Gardening Courses

Choosing and Using Shrubs in Garden Design I have just spend a month following Andy McIndoe’s course on shrubs at MyGardenSchool, the online intensive training for keen gardeners and landscape professionals. As one of the tutors myself, I was interested … Continue reading

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Shrubs on a kitchen balcony

Survival in the city: Snow has brought an extra dimension to the small balcony next to my kitchen door; a balcony I never use, with an ugly metal fence and a view over buildings which are due for demolition. This spring … Continue reading

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Choosing and Using Shrubs in Garden Design

Over recent weeks I have been writing about using shrubs in combination with perennials  in my garden designs. Having read through all my books on shrubs and purchased a few new ones I seem to have more questions than answers. … Continue reading

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