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Michael King

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

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 …

To work with grasses you need to know that they tend to fall into two groups: warm season and cold season grasses, plus maybe a few that don’t fit conveniently into these artificial groups. Molinia …

The model for using shrubs in European gardens has hardly changed in decades, maybe even centuries. It seems to stem from a time when gardens were considerably larger than is currently the case and a …

How do you choose the shrubs you grow in your gardens? Most gardeners, like me, read books and become inspired to try out something new. Many more visit the garden centre in spring and choose …

What, you might ask, is to be said about shrubs in a web blog devoted to the use of perennials in meadow gardens? Well, quite a lot really. I have visited enough so-called cutting edge, …

It is in my two trial gardens in Amsterdam that I have developed my ideas of the creation of perennial meadows. This is one of two long thin borders in which many ideas have been …