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Michael King

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

A neat green mound of Aster ‘Johan’ foliage has served as a full stop on the corner of a flower border here all summer long. However, since last month, it has become the garden’s focal …

Cortaderia 'Tiny Pampa' is a new very low-growing Pampas grass ideal for meadow planting schemes and also container gardeners.

The combination of Luzula nivea and Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba’ is one of my standard planting partnerships. Luzula nivea is one of only two wood rushes I use regularly as most others are rather dull plants, …

Successful planting combinations, partner plants with comparable vigour and that are adapted to the same growing conditions. Phlox paniculata ‘Butonic’ is the focus of our attention here. Not only is its colour strong, but the …

‘Fern Cottage’ is the cultivar of Euphorbia griffithii I prefer for its unique terracotta flower colour. I find it more pleasing than the harsher toned Euphorbia g. ‘Dixter’ that is more often offered for sale. …

Keukenhof is the famous show garden for the international bulb industry. Seven million bulbs go into the ground to provide a twelve week long extravagant display of this important export product from the Netherlands. I …