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Michael King

Michael’s thoughts and ideas on planting perennial plants written over the past ten years.​​

As spring arrives, early planting partners find associations that later will either disappear or change with perhaps just one plant dominating. The speed of growth in early spring is exciting changing the garden almost daily. …

Some plants are recommended time and again whilst others, even though they are better, are completely ignored. This is I suppose not only the province of plants, people are also victims of such narrow vision. …

Most daffodils flower in March and April, but there are a few early-flowering Narcissus that I find indispensable. Colours are muted in my winter garden, but just a few very special Narcissus, daffodils can make …

Theme plants dominate the garden in their season. Through repetition of a common characteristic such as colour, form or by planting different variations of the same plant species a garden theme can be created. In …

Last autumn we decided to add extra bulbs of Allium christophii to this perennial meadow border for a greater impact this summer. The bold form of Allium christophii flower heads contrast dramatically with the upright …

In March the combination of Epimedium rubrum foliage and flowering Narcissus ‘Jetfire’ is one of the most striking features in my Amsterdam trial garden. The epimedium is dormant but its “dead” foliage takes on a …