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Michael King

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

Is garden design in a rut created by the way we are taught to approach it? Perhaps it is the result of the scale of modern-day gardens that we think in terms of boundaries and …

There is a small perennial border in the centre of my garden where for many years I grew a random mixture of plants – all interesting, but as a whole chaotic. Finally, I have decided …

Perennials are by their very nature loose and informal especially when combined into contemporary naturalistic planting schemes. The traditional herbaceous border was created as a tableaux to be viewed from outside and was given structure …

Plant tulips too early and there is more time for things to go wrong. Since each bulb already contains its flower all that is needed is to give them a chance to send out some …

If you want to grow shrubs in the garden of your dreams, but also wish to include drifts of perennials as a follower of the latest trends in naturalistic planting, you will quickly hit a …

There seems to be two schools of gardeners: shrubbies and perennial freaks. On paper I suppose I am a frothy perennial freak, but I cannot stop planting shrubs in my gardens; why is that? Let’s …