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Ornamental Grasses

The warm season grasses are finally in full flower her in the Netherlands. This year they are later than normal as a result of the cool late summer weather. But when they do flower all is forgiven as by then … 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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Is Texture a Garden Theme?

Like any good story the plot is revealed one step at a time; my garden is the same. Different seasons have different themes as steadily the plants grow up and express themselves like actors in a drama. By late summer … Continue reading

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Theme Plants

Snowdrops, hellebores, daffodils and lots of tulips: these are the plants that flower in sequence to bring my gardens to life each spring. But now that Tulipa sprengeri is coming into flower the end of spring has been signalled and … Continue reading

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Perennials Prevent Weeds

Late Summer Sensations In the Perennial Meadow Garden Although I have had to neglect my trial gardens on the edge of Amsterdam this year following a decision to move house and all that involved, it is surprising just how well … Continue reading

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New English Perennial Borders

During my recent short trip to England where I was specifically studying shrubs – see earlier post – I took a look at two “new” (at least to me) large-scale, public, perennial planting schemes. One scheme was clearly designed to impress, … Continue reading

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Grasses asserting themselves in my late summer garden

To work with grasses you need to know that they tend to fall into two groups: warm season and cold season grasses, plus maybe a few that don’t fit conveniently into these artificial groups. Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea ”Poul Petersen’ … 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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A Garden Month By Month – October

A month by month record of a small Dutch garden – my trial garden in Amsterdam February – Chaos March – Grabbing at straws April – Spring Tulips and more: May is green June – Pink puts in an appearance  … Continue reading

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The Oudolf Garden – Captivating Chaos

September is possibly the most exciting time to view a naturalistic planting scheme and where better than Piet and Anja Oudolf’s private garden in the Netherlands. In the space formerly occupied by the nursery a new office building is surrounded … Continue reading

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