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Whispering Grass

  As gardeners there are two groups of purple moor grass to be aware of: Molinia caerulea subspecies caerulea which flower somewhere between knee and hip height and Molinia caerulea subspecies arundinacea which top head height.   The taller of … Continue reading

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The Same Border July and November

By early summer this border had lost the fresh colours of spring bulbs and matured into a gentle green cavern. Now in November, the fountains of ornamental grasses have brought movement to a space that sparkles in the season’s low-angled sunlight. … Continue reading

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Excitement in the Autumn Garden

Perennials and shrubs continue to offer up surprises and pleasure in the late autumn Perennial Meadows’ garden. Grasses making an important contribution include various cultivars of Miscanthus sinensis; some tall and dramatic, others stiffly upright and low-growing forms such as … Continue reading

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Summer, Perennials and Thoughts on Maintenance

Designing mixed perennial meadow plantings is all about choosing plants that work together well over an extended period of time by uniting into a living community where each has a part to play. Books will tell you that such plantings are … Continue reading

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Time to tidy up the Mixed Perennial Garden

This was my garden ten days ago wearing its late winter clothes of dead grass “stems” and perennials with their seed heads. Normally I try and tidy the garden in late winter (February) as it catches precotious cool-season grasses and … Continue reading

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Winter was just one cold week

One week of frosty weather seems to be all that our winter in Amsterdam is going to be this year. A year in which every weather record has been broken and ended unusually warm and wet. The forecasts suggest that … 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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Grass Hedges

In contrast to naturalistic mixed perennial plantings, I like to place blocks of a single species of an ornamental grass for bold architectural impact. Planted in lines, tall grasses can make seasonal hedges and when the grass remains effective for most … 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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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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