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A small geranium to complement your planting schemes in a big way

I have just discovered that it was back in 2012 when I last wrote about Geranium tuberosum. Inspired by what I have just seem in the garden, my plan was to write something similar now, but having reread my earlier … Continue reading

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Looking good after 6 years – one perennial meadow example – 2015

Six years ago I planted eleven demonstration borders at Lianne’s Siergrassen; a nursery specialised in ornamental grasses, in the north of the Netherlands. I returned this month after a three year gap to see how they were faring and came … Continue reading

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Colours Gather Strength in the Perennial Meadows Garden

In my previous post I celebrate the colour green; now others are challenging its supremacy. Here and there shrubs now rise above my perennial meadows bringing exciting new forms and contrasts to the looser plant material that surrounds them. Complementary … 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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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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Tulipa sylvestris – the woodland tulip

The woodland tulip is the common name of one of the most widely distributed wild species, however, its true origins are far from clear and in the form we know it today, it is associated with human cultivation. It is … Continue reading

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Contemporary Perennial Planting – concepts and practice

The popularity of perennials in contemporary planting schemes is increasingly linked to the movement towards a more naturalistic style of garden making. The highly structured flower borders of twentieth century European gardens have steadily given way to a looser, more … Continue reading

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Are tulips too familiar for their own good?

Tulips are too familiar for their own good which results in them being used in ways in our gardens that fail to exploit their many qualities. One of the biggest misconceptions is that they are cheap and easy. Yes of … Continue reading

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A New Perennial Meadow Planting Scheme for Christmas

There is a small perennial border in the centre of my garden where for many years I grew a random mixture of plants – all interesting, but as a whole chaotic. Finally, I have decided to bring order and a … Continue reading

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Plant Tulips Now

Plant tulips too early and there is more time for things to go wrong. Since each bulb already contains its flower all that is needed is to give them a chance to send out some roots, experience the cold of … Continue reading

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