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Michael King

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

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 …

A month by month record of a small Dutch garden – my trial garden in Amsterdam February – Chaos March – Grabbing at straws April – Spring Tulips and more: May is green June – …

A month by month record of a small Dutch garden – my trial garden in Amsterdam February – Chaos March – Grabbing at straws April – Spring Tulips and more: May is green June – …

Floriade 2012 With only four weeks to go, planting at this year’s Floriade in the Netherlands has reached its climax and I had the opportunity to spend the afternoon last week with its senior planting designer, …

September is possibly the most exciting time to view a naturalistic planting scheme and where better than Piet and Anja Oudolf’s private garden in the Netherlands. In the space formerly occupied by the nursery a …