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Michael King

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

Early flowering Mahonia x media ‘Winter Sun’ is the highlight in my garden this Christmas in Amsterdam. ‘Winter Sun’ flowers from the end of November through into January. This is earlier than the better known …

Two reliable species conflowers to add to garden borders.

Use alliums to bridge the June gap between the flowers of spring and the summer flowering perennials. Even when your garden borders are bright with colour in June from Euphorbias, Geums and Iris there is …

The Ottoman Empire, in a similar way to Holland, had a fanatical obsession with tulips. Needle-shaped flowers were prized of which Tulipa acuminata is an example. This wild species tulip flowers later than most. Its …

Snowdrops highlight this small perennial meadow planting this winter’s end in my Amsterdam trial garden. Following cold wintery nights there is much still to be enjoyed in a garden dominated by perennials. Galanthophiles are gardeners …

These are the steps to follow when setting out a perennial meadow planting plan. Strange as it might seem, the way I place the plants on the ground is almost the reverse of how I …