Tag Archives: Perennial Perspectives

Grasses in early Autumn

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Vorläufer’ Ornamental grasses bring excitement and interest to the garden throughout the year when we take advantage of their exceptional qualities, but it is in early autumn that they can steal my heart. Molinia caerulea Subsp. caerulea and … 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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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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Autumnal Textures over Perennial Colour

My trial gardens in Amsterdam have teetered on the edge of chaos this year as a result of moving house. Weeds are under control and wayward growth ruthlessly chopped down, but I long for a clean sweep and the fresh growing … 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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Late Summer Colour in the Perennial Meadows’ Garden

My trial gardens in Amsterdam seem to have waltzed through the colour wheel this year in spite of the difficulties that weather has throw at them. Spring was too dry, the first half of summer was cold and dry, then … Continue reading

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Native Plant Gardens in The Netherlands known as Heemparken

With the opening of the new Native Plant Garden at the New York Botanical Gardens earlier this month I was inspired to pay a return visit to the heempark in Amstelveen which is recognised as one of Europe’s best. The … Continue reading

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Adding Structure to Perennial Planting Schemes

Perennials are by their very nature loose and informal especially when combined into contemporary naturalistic planting schemes. The traditional herbaceous border was created as a tableaux to be viewed from outside and was given structure by being given a framework … Continue reading

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Shrubs in the Perennial Border

If you want to grow shrubs in the garden of your dreams, but also wish to include drifts of perennials as a follower of the latest trends in naturalistic planting, you will quickly hit a problem that I have struggled … Continue reading

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