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Michael King

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

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 …

An exciting new e-Book showing how the best ornamental grasses can be combined with other plants. Learn how to create stunning perennial meadow borders including garden grasses. Grasses are placed in three groups of small, …

It is March, winter’s end, and time to cut back the grasses and perennials in the Perennial Meadow gardens here in Amsterdam. It is still possible that some grasses are beautiful even after a long …