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Perennial Garden – Early Summer, Amsterdam

The modern style of mixed perennial plantings uses repetition of the same plants or similar plants to create a total picture. The plants are woven together rather than being set out in contrasting blocks. Even in small gardens this effect … 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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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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Colours in the Autumn Garden

Colours are the spectacle in my autumn garden. They need sun to glow and when the wind blows the tall ornamental grasses start dancing to its tune. Much of my planting plans are to do with building the picture up to … Continue reading

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Looking at Garden Planting Design Mistakes

As a keen gardener I am always making mistakes and learning from them, but invariably gardening books only tell us the correct way to do things and only show perfectly composed photographs of gardens to which we must aspire. Looking at … Continue reading

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Gardening starts late in Europe

I am not the only one to be complaining about the late start to the gardening spring in Western Europe this year. Our winter was very long and cold and the garden has seemed to be stuck, awaiting a cue … Continue reading

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Top Perennials

Geranium tuberosum Over time we all develop a list of plants that we know we can rely upon and which will grow well in various situations. Some designers end up using the same plants in every garden and proudly call … Continue reading

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Keukenhof 2012 discovers tulip – bulb mixtures

There are two good reasons to mix together different varieties of tulips at planting time. Firstly, by selecting early, mid-season and late flowering varieties you can create a splash of colour lasting maybe six or more weeks long, rather than … Continue reading

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Using Tulips in the Garden

Below is an extract from a post I made last year around this time about blue tulips. The new video shows how I like to use these tulips in the garden. I use tulips to flood my perennial meadow schemes … Continue reading

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Red Tulips, Green Garden

Red tulip flowers have dramatic impact in spring when surrounded by their complementary colour green and tulips in whatever colour have to be the ultimate complementary plants to add to a perennial meadow and awaken your gardener’s spirits in early, … Continue reading

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